Field’s Penn – DBA


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Abingdon, VA

Historic Preservation, Exterior Restoration and Repair, Historic Research, Conditions Assessment

In 2015 the Town of Abingdon, Virginia commissioned DBA to perform a Conditions Assessment, complete with an investigation, analysis, and report regarding the architectural and foundation problems at Fields-Penn House, a contributor to the Abingdon Historic District. Following the completion of our report, DBA completed the Construction Documents for the first phase of planned repairs which are expected to be undertaken in 2017. This original masonry house was built in 1860 by James Fields for his wife, Susan, and their eight children, in the latest American style. The family of George and Estelle Penn moved into the house in the 1890s and made it their home for 75 years.

The house museum, filled with period antiques, is now closed to the general public because of the foundation problems, building settlement and vertical cracking. Initial investigations revealed movement and bowing of the north wall, which is separating from the second floor framing. DBA and their consultants are optimistic that restoration and repair work will allow the building to be reopened.


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