2005-06 Restoration

The current restoration envisions taking the L. L. Steward House as close to its 1914 origin as feasible.

We've removed 1947 and 1985 walls and doorways (rerouting a good deal more plumbing, electrical and ventilation than anticipated); removed popcorn ceilings and fluorescent lights; restored and hung 1910 to1915 vintage light fixtures; sistered in floor joists; added a 10 inch glue-lam beam to firm up the upstairs ceiling where an original load-bearing wall was removed (in 1947?); stripped, patched, sanded and refinished floors (oak downstairs, fir upstairs); and stripped wood trim (generally, the public areas featured stained wood, the family areas painted). And lots of plaster.

In the northeast (back) corner, we've removed the 1947 door and replaced it with a salvaged window of the same dimensions and style as the original, and added a new (to us) back door in place of the window in the 1947-added bath; a new pergola graces the back door, constructed of the same dimension timbers as the original front pergola.

Recently, we've removed the roof from the southwest (front) pergola and demolished the closet along the driveway (west) wing of the pergola (the roof was added and the closet enclosed in 1947), and re-created the French doors between the dining room and the west wing of the pergola. Soon, we'll re-create the (most likely) French doors between the dining room and the foyer, and install a salvaged period door and sidelights in place of the original door and sidelights (or French doors) leading from the parlor to the back garden (now via the 1947 addition).

On the exterior, with the help of an Exterior Rehabilitation Grant from the City of Phoenix, we've re-roofed (dimensional shingles similar in color to the original cedar), repaired stucco and woodwork, re-painted, and stripped and stained the original front door. Major restoration work went into woodwork, hardware and textured stucco to bring the restored porch and wrap-around pergola back to their original appearance and function. A new beadboard ceiling replaces the drywall in the main porch, and prairie-style lighting completes the picture.