Public Meeting between the Waltham City Council and School Committee about the potential development of estate woodlands for the new Waltham High School, January 30, 7:00 pm, at WHS.
Thanks to a grant from the Waltham Community Preservation Committee, the City of Waltham has hired a preservation architect to help secure the failing roof at Stonehurst.
The complex, shallow-pitched, wood-shingled roof is inherently problematic. During the severe weather conditions of the winter of 2015, the main roof was put to the test and portions failed. On the north side, enormous ice dams crept under the wooden roof shingles, shorting out historic light fixtures, warping floor boards, loosening plaster ceilings and walls, and peeling painted surfaces.
The architectural firm Red Hawk Studios, Inc. is now designing roof modifications and repairs that will prevent further ice and water damage to the interiors and avert the threat of damage to structural members and collections. Thank you CPC members!
In October, be sure to be on the look out for Stonehurst on This Old House. National Public Television recently filmed a segment of this popular series at Stonehurst, presenting it as a high-style archetype for their vernacular Arts & Crafts project house in Arlington.
When you are watching the new Ghostbusters III movie scheduled to be released in July, you'll need to look more carefully for Stonehurst. The scenes at Columbia University were actually filmed right here in Waltham!