Here’s a look at what the process of nurturing the bay window looks like as it continues…

The cornice of the bay had been wrapped in aluminum. I’ve begun taking sections of it down.

The wood cornice which had been hidden by the aluminum is visible at left. The piece on the right was somewhat fragile, so I took it down to strengthen it with wood hardener. This small section of the cornice has been scraped and the panel moldings also removed for some bolstering with wood hardener. The tail of the downspout will eventually be removed as it no longer functions.

The piece of wood at the top is the back side of the cornice molding. The wood was dry, cracked, and somewhat spongy. The wood hardener can be seen soaking in (by the paint brush). All deteriorated areas will be bolstered in this way.

The same pieces, hours later, are curing.

Roofer’s staples can be seen piercing the underside of the standing-seam roof, callously covered with roll roofing. The top of the fascia board has also received some water damage but will be concealed when the molding is replaced.

Moldings are back in place.

On the soffit you can see traces of the dark green paint which was used extensively. The void beneath the soffit will be filled before the missing molding can be reattached.

This is a panel beneath one of the windows. The moldings were not laying flat as intended due to accumulated debris behind them. Removing this molding revealed not only dirt, but some early paint colors as well!

It appears that the flat panels were originally painted a surprising Spring Green but were later painted a buttery Yellow. This suggests the moldings weren’t super-tight against the panels even when the house was new. Paint eventually created enough of a seal to prevent later colors from dripping behind the molding.

Jim made additional paint color discoveries while working on the front porch. Several colors are seen here creeping behind former bracket locations. This area of the front porch appears to have received three shades of green in addition to a dreary Battleship Gray at various points in time. A Sage Green and a Mint Green appear to be the earliest colors here, along with a Dark Brown on the entablature itself. More scraping and exploration will be needed to confirm this, but it is becoming apparent that the house was quite colorful when new.

More of the entablature…

A portion of one of the brackets temporarily removed. Traces of Dark Green paint are found on it, along with a Mint Green where it attached to the entablature.

Jim began scraping the north window…

…and discovered that the window sash had originally been painted black! I’m very happy about this as it will introduce a new color and black always looks good on Victorian-era window sash. Note the cut marks on the curved moldings… these are “kerfs” which allowed the molding to be bent and form the arch. The original metal flashing is still attached and seen adjacent to the vinyl J-channel.

Scraped, caulked and primed in advance of Winter.

Jim celebrates the end of the day! He has since repaired and primed the missing porch supports and they will be re-installed soon!

And, just for fun, a dormer window at night.
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