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Fortunately for the Restoration Team, after the plaster was removed enough of the ca. 1812 framing was found surviving that the missing doorway could be accurately reconstructed.  The main evidence discovered were cut-off sections of three ca. 1812 studs that had once framed the doorway.  The doorway's width was clearly shown by the two studs that served as the door's jambs and the height of the doorway was determined by a cripple stud that had rested on the door’s header.  Additionally, the surviving stud fragments also showed that the missing door had been framed the same way as the surviving ca. 1812 doorway found next to it.  So to restore the doorway, the studs that formed the door’s legs were restored to their original length and a reconstructed door header was installed.  With the door’s frame reconstructed the Team next investigated how the door was trimmed in ca. 1812.


A drawing showing the surviving physical evidence for the missing doorway in the North Wing Passage.