From work with the Baltimore Basilica to the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, Lewis Contractors has been entrusted time and time again with caring for historic properties of all types. Throughout our 50-plus year history, we have worked repeatedly at National Historic Register sites and other historic sites, conducting renovations, restoration, rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in accordance with local and state guidelines, as well as The Secretary of the Interior’s Standardsfor the Treatment of Historic Properties. We have ample experience working with the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT), Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and other authorities.
Our extensive experience in historic restoration allows us to provide comprehensive, thoughtful and relevant restoration-specific preconstruction services throughout the design phase. Working in historic buildings, we expect to encounter unforeseen challenges, such as hazardous materials, structural or dimensional issues, or mold, that vary from project documents. We are also ever-watchful for discoveries of historic significance during our forensic work—such as our surprise discovery of a barrel vault supporting the south portico of the Homewood House at Johns Hopkins University. The portico was thought to be rubble which was scheduled to have been removed and replaced with concrete; but upon making the discovery, our onsite personnel brought a total stop to the demolition process and worked with the owner to preserve this unique architectural feature for posterity.
Through work on many similar buildings over the years, we have found that a thoughtful, proactive forensic effort early in the project is the most effective way to minimize surprises, keep the budget in line, and add value to the overall project. Ultimately, protecting the historic fabric and integrity of the structure is paramount.