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Collins-Sharp Museum house restoration for Historic Odessa, Delaware

Built in the early 1700’s, the Collins-Sharp House was moved to Odessa, Delaware, and restored as a museum house in the early 1960’s. By 2007, it was in dire need of exterior repairs and maintenance. The wood roof was deteriorating and creating an enticing environment for damaging mosses, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and woodpeckers drilling in search of the insects. Sensitive to the need to maintain all historic aspects of the structure, we replaced the roofing in like manner to its original fabric, but employed modern materials beneath the wood shingles to prevent future moisture problems. We also replaced damaged wood sidings, crown molding, and fascia with materials hand-milled on site to match the original pieces.