Miscellaneous Information

Greetings. We wanted to take this opportunity to share some Coffeehouse-related information and links that have come up recently.

First off, if you haven’t noticed, we’ve been moving the webcam around lately. After a stint watching furnishings being put in place in the coffee (southwest) room, and watching wallpaper be installed in the dining (southeast) room, the webcam is now located in the kitchen (in the basement). You can see some of the recent furnishing additions to the room on the shelves and around the fireplace.

Secondly, one of our frequent blog commenters was looking for a bit more information on the staining of the bricks mentioned in the October 26th Update. The substance that Ray Cannetti is using is called Dyebrick, which is essentially a mineral-based stain. It uses minerals, primarily iron oxide, as the pigment, and potassium silicate as the binder. The potassium silicate binds with elements in the brick, allowing it to stain rather than simply coat the brick.

Though they date from the same period, the reused bricks (those original Coffeehouse bricks that had been reused in the Armistead House foundations, and in turn reused in our foundations) received more cleaning than those in the still standing original foundations - thus requiring the staining to match them appropriately. Previously, Colonial Williamsburg has used coffee grounds, tea, and a mixture of lime putty and brick dust to mask repairs in the past. (Thanks to Clyde Kestner and Matt Webster for the information)

Third, we wanted to share a few more interesting links from History.org that relate to the Coffeehouse:

Lastly, we are including two images of the wallpaper that will be going up in the Coffeehouse, in the Dining (southeast) and Back (north) rooms on the first floor.


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As always, I thank you for your research and for keeping the blog updated.

Posted By John Montague | 10/31/09 1:54 AM
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Joshua and All,
I had an unexpectedly free Saturday on Halloween, so I decided to take a trip to Williamsburg. It was my first in-person view of the Coffeehouse in over nine months and I can't rave enough about it. In a sense, it looks as if it's been there for decades, but in other ways obviously new. My interest was heightened by the knowledge we've all gained through the blog.

When I got home that night, I pulled up Ed Chappell's piece from last year about the architectural remains found in the Armistead house which, along with great research and surviving foundations, gave so many needed clues for the reconstruction. Anyone who is new to the blog will serve themselves well to read Mr. Chappell's report. Knowing those facts and seeing the building in person are so helpful in our appreciation of the work. It affords us a critical eye when we look at reconstructions from the 1930's to see how Colonial Williamsburg continues to progress. The decision to use 18th century building methods in the construction has paid big dividends, in my opinion.

November 20 is a big day for CW. Thanks to the legion who have put in so much time, effort, and money to see this day happen.

Posted By John Montague | 11/4/09 12:41 AM
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I'm glad that you got to stop by the nearly complete Coffeehouse site. And, as always, thank you for your kind words, and for your great interest in the project.

Here's the link to Ed Chappell's article, for anyone who might be interested: http://research.history.org/Coffeehouse/richardCha...

And thanks again for your thoughtful comments.

Posted By Joshua Muse | 11/4/09 11:01 AM
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I was just curious, I was looking at the web cam of the interior of the coffee house and it seems that the glass window panes have distortation in them. That is something you usually see in glass panes that have significant age to them or they were made the "old" way of doing things. I was wondering how that was accomplished here. (Or maybe there is no distortation at all maybe its just my eyes or the web cam)


Posted By Patrick | 11/9/09 10:41 AM
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Josh, As the project draws to a close. Is it at all possible to talk about construction costs? First, I hope I am not being redundent in that this was discussed previously. And second is it possible for you to even talk about costs? Or is that not something that can be devulged publically. My reason for inquiring is simply because of the field that I am in. And rumor has it that the Mars faimily had an interest in this project. And once again, that may not be able to be cnfirmed publically, but if so...I WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK THEM!!
Rick Brouse

Posted By Rick Brouse | 11/9/09 2:47 PM