Repair and repaint north side of Dubois House (HS-15) and south side of Shutt House (HS-17) and repair Shutt door
Sheryle Lindley, (217) 391-3229
The paint in several areas of the north side of the Dubois House (HS-15), which houses the park's Maintenance offices, and the south side of the Shutt House (HS-17), which is leased through GSA to Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), are failing, chipping and peeling away from the structure. The loose, peeling and flaking paint exposes the structures to rot and other damage from the weather as well as potentially allows for moisture to get in under the wood siding and framing. Work will consist of preparing and painting exterior surfaces by sanding, cleaning surfaces, and repairing any damaged areas. The back door of the Shutt House, used by most employees as their main entrance and exit, was damaged and rotting and offered a security risk by containing a large panel of glass. Since this is the main home office of Senator Durbin, the security concern was high that someone would try to either break in the office or throw something through the glass in the door. It will be replaced by a solid wooden door constructed in the same manner as other original back and front doors in the neighborhood. The previously installed high security hardware will be replaced on the new door. Paint will match the other sides of the structures and will be latex. The door design was created in consultation between the park's master carpenter and the curator to match other doors in the neighborhood.