Historic Moore House Rehabilitation
The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, will undertake preservation work on the historic Moore House, located at Oldtown, MD. The existing two story brick house is located on the site of Colonel Thomas Cresap's House (18th Century), and King Opessa's Town (17th Century).
The current structure has been vacant for several years, having served as private and park housing. The proposed work to the structure is to provide basic cleaning and preservation work, with minor interior upgrades so the structure can again be used as housing for seasonal park staff.
The proposed work will include the following -
1) painting and minor repairs to all existing windows
2) repair or replacement, in kind, of existing doors
3) interior walls - washing, minor repairs (in-kind), painting
4) interior floor coverings - new vinyl flooring in kitchen/bath, cleaning existing carpets
5) Installation of a gypsum board dividing wall, creating two bedrooms
6) install new kitchen sink and fixtures
7) installation of adjustable steel support columns in cellar/crawl space to support first floor
8) repair to rain gutters and downspouts
9) replacement, in kind, of existing back porch stairs and railings. Design will be modified to meet ADA standards
10) install window air conditioning units and a louvered vent with fan in attic
All exterior paint has been tested and contains lead. Appropriate abatement standards, in compliance with Maryland regulations, will be enforced.
Work will be undertaken to the existing structure only. No ground disturbance is anticipated.
The park's Interdisciplinary Team reviewed the project for impacts to natural and cultural resources. The project does not pose any serious or long-term effects to the environmental, historical, cultural, archeological, or visual resources. It meets categorical exclusion #C.4 – Routine maintenance and repairs to cultural resources sites, structures, utilities, and grounds if the action falls under an approved Historic Structures Preservation Guide or Cyclic Maintenance Guide, or if the action would not adversely affect the cultural resource.
The project also meets the National Historic Preservation Act/Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, Streamlined Review Process #1 – Preservation Maintenance and Repair of Historic Properties.
For further information, please contact Chief of Preservation and Planning, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD. 21740.