Syosset firm to rehabilitate Sagamore Hill

Sagamore Hill was the home of President Theodore Sagamore Hill was the home of President Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until his death in 1919. Called the Summer White House during Roosevelt's presidency, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Dec. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: Carl Corry, 2011

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The National Park Service has awarded a $7.2-million contract to E & A Restoration Inc. of Syosset for the rehabilitation and restoration of Theodore Roosevelt's mansion at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

The company, incorporated in 2000, has provided design and construction management services for projects at schools, churches, museums and other buildings in the metropolitan area.

The 22-room Victorian in Cove Neck has been closed since December to remove all artifacts and prepare for the top-to-bottom overhaul while the rest of the site remains open Wednesdays through Sundays.

The project is the most extensive work since the home was built in 1885.

Construction is expected to begin in early October and be completed in late 2014 with the house reopening in spring of 2015.

Exterior work includes installing a new cedar shingle roof, gutter and drainage system, waterproofing the foundation and rehabilitating historic windows, doors, siding and porches to historic preservation standards. Interior work also will be extensive.

"As we celebrate our 50th year as a national park site, this project will go a long way in protecting and preserving this national and international treasure so that future generations may learn from and be inspired by Theodore Roosevelt and his beloved family home," Superintendent Thomas Ross said.

"The rehabilitation will not only preserve and protect the home, but will significantly update its systems, improving its safety and security, enhancing public access and restoring its historic features as the Roosevelt family would have known the home when they lived there," Ross said.

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