Durability + Design

Building Performance and Aesthetics

A Product of Technology Publishing
JPCL/PaintSquare | D+D | Paint BidTracker

D+D 2014
Register Now for D+D 2014

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Bids Invited to Restore Historic Cupola

Thursday, December 6, 2012

More items for Maintenance + Renovation

Comment | More

The Connecticut General Assembly is seeking contractors to provide historic building restoration services for the cupola at Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford

The bid deadline is Dec. 28. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting and walk-through will be held Dec. 6.

The project calls for the wood, metal and masonry surfaces of the historic cupola to be cleaned and stripped using alkaline paste, solvent paste, biodegradable, or metal paint removers. The surfaces will then be coated with an alkyd primer and an acrylic-latex finish coat.

Historic Roots

Connecticut’s Old State House was completed in 1796 and is thought to be the first public building designed by noted American architect Charles Bulfinch.

CT Old State House cupola
Connecticut's Old State House

The original building, rumored to be haunted, dates to 1796.  The cupola, bell and statue of Justice were added in 1827.

Though little definitive evidence still exists that Bulfinch was the designer, there are references to his involvement in letters written during the time, and his trademark projections and arches are present in the design of the building.

According to the website for the Old State House, the exterior building and the Senate chamber have been restored to their original Federal style, while the Representatives' chamber is Victorian and the halls and courtroom remain in the Colonial Revival style.

The cupola, bell and John Stanwood's statue of Justice were built in 1827.

Curiosities and Hauntings

The Old State House is home to The Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities, which features a replica of Joseph Steward's original 1798 collection of natural history displays and curiosities.

Many staff members who work in the Old State House have reported paranormal activity. In 2009, the building was investigated by the Atlantic Paranormal Society and featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters, according to Wikipedia. The society concluded that it had captured unexplained audio recordings, in the Senate chamber and the museum, of a doorknob being turned and a woman sighing, both while no one was actually in the room.

Reported by Paint BidTracker, a construction reporting service devoted to identifying contracting opportunities for the coatings community.

   

Tagged categories: Alkyd; Bidding; Historic Preservation; Historic Structures; Paint BidTracker; Painting Contractor; Primers

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Acrymax Technologies, Inc.
Go for the Max with Acrymax!

We offer solutions you can count on. Roof coating systems, protective coatings, corrosion control and weatherproofing. Proven performance for over 60 years.


Insulating Coatings Corporation (Astec)
Seamles - Durable - Pliable
Green Building Qualified

With ASTEC Re-Ply™ Cool Roof Systems you can save your roof, save money and help save the planet! Why pay to replace your roof when you can Re-Ply™ it? 1.800.223.8494


VaproShield
Innovative Vapor Permeable Air Barrier Membranes

Designed for all climate construction and compatible with most substrates for easy installation, our membranes emit zero VOC's and require no primer.


SS Specialties
CHECK THE FACTS...
ONE DAY FLOORS™
HAS THE ANSWERS…

Polyaspartic Polyurea One Day Floors™ is the fastest return to service coating
on the market. Short
time installation,
long time satisfaction!
Call us: 866 906 2006 www.ssspecialtiesconcrete.com


Chemique Inc.
Paint Removal Made Easy!

Remove multiple coats in one application. Easy to use and safe. All products meet or exceed V.O.C. regulations. Contain no methylene chloride, methanol or petroleum distillates.


Armakleen Company, The
No Ordinary Soda

ARMEX® baking soda-based abrasives from the makers of ARM & HAMMER® products offers over 12 formulas specially engineered for your application and your budget.


Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.
The Proven Performer!

Custom-fabricated, single-ply commercial roofing system. Watertight, highly reflective, resistant to chemicals, fire and high winds. Virtually maintenance-free!

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE D+D:      Interact   |   Blogs   |   Resources   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   White Papers   |   Classifieds
GET D+D:      Subscribe   |   Advertising Media Kit
KNOW D+D:      About D+D   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2010-2014, Technology Publishing, Co., All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com