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Park service makes historic site repairs

ST. MICHAEL — Personnel from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center are on site at the Double Cottage at Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

Work included the removal of vinyl siding and any other layers to determine the condition of the original siding. Training Center workers will order any replacement pieces and determine the original siding color. The Double Cottage will be wrapped for its protection over the winter. In early summer 2021, the Training Center will replace and repair the original siding, replicate the window and door trim and paint the building. The work could continue into the fall.

“Once this work is done, combined with the new wooden shingle roof that the Center installed last year, the Double Cottage will be the most authentic looking cottage out of all the surviving cottages, on the exterior,” said Chief of Interpretation and Site Manager Doug Bosley.

The Double Cottage was owned by William A. McIntosh, Henry B. Patton, Calvin Wells and H. Sellers McKee, all members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. The cottage was built in 1887 and serves as private apartments owned by the National Park Service.

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