McDonald Construction Corporation
6 Maplewood Avenue, Cranbury, NJ 08512
Phone & Fax: 609.655.2288

Historic Restoration

When we begin a restoration project we look to the building's underlying "historically significant" time period, and then develop plans to restore and recover as much of the original design as possible.  We make every effort to protect and enhance its historical value and integrity while also incorporating modern everyday conveniences.

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This tudor-style building was one of the original greenhouses for the historic "Drumthwacket Estate", the current official residence of New Jersey's Governor. Several small rooms in the main building were removed to create the "Great Room." Removing the walls and ceilings revealed the original magnificent wood wainscot ceiling which we repaired and restored, returning it to its former glory. A new window and panel entry foyer was added at the side. "The Greenhouse" was featured in the Fall 2009 issue of "Renovation Style" Magazine, and was also on the Historical Society of Princeton, NJ's House Tour.

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This historic five-bay colonial style home, c.1858, received a complete interior and exterior restoration.  The old asbestos siding and closed-in porch were removed and the original clapboard, found mostly intact, was repaired and restored.  When the asbestos siding was removed, "shadows" from the original historic trim details were revealed. We replicated the trim and bracket detail, added period shutters and designed and built the handmade open fretwork folk Victorian porch.  The home is now a designated contributing structure in Cranbury, NJ's National Historic District.

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