Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace: Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Museum view from Ogelthorpe Ave.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Pictured above: Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Museum view from Ogelthorpe Ave.

About This Project

 The house was built in 1818 - 1821 for James Moore Wayne, who eventually sold the house to his niece Sarah Stites Gordon, where the first of four generations of Gordons lived.  The Girl Scouts of the USA purchased the house in 1953, restoring the house to reflect the 1880s Victorian period. Opened in 1956 as a historic museum, the home features many original Gordon family furnishings, including art by Juliette Gordon Low. The Birthplace was designated as Savannah's first National Landmark in 1965.

Challenges A series of stucco repairs and replacements, over the years, had left the facade cracked with significant water intrusion, partly from the cracked stucco. The most recent stucco was too hard and brittle, as a result of significant amounts of Portland cement in the mix, and was incompatible with the soft brick and mortar below causing major sections of the stucco to lose adhesion further adding to the degradation of the historic brick and mortar.
Solutions he failed stucco was entirely removed from the original brick and mortar surface. Degraded mortar and bricks were replaced and repaired. A softer, lime-rich stucco, KEIM Universalputz, which is more compatible with the historic surface beneath, was used to re-plaster the exterior facade. Glass fiber mesh was embedded in the scratch coat of stucco to give added strength and stability to the exterior, allowing for installation of stucco with no expansion or control joints. A final two-coat finish system of KEIM Royalan Silicate Exterior Finish was applied to provide added weatherproofing and decoration. To further protect the western wall of the museum, KEIM PSS-20 Anti-graffiti Coating was applied to allow for easy removal of scuffs, heal marks and other blemishes where lines form to tour the museum. The Girl Scouts were seeking a 100 year solution and all restoration was undertaken to meet the the U.S. Department of Interior's Historic Preservation Guidelines.
Architect Forrest R. Lott, Lott + Barber, Savannah, GA; Sarah Chase, Preservation Consulting, Lexington, MA
Contractor J. T. Turner Construction, Inc., Savannah, GA
Applicator Two Brothers Plastering, Bluffton, SC
Type of Project Historic Restoration
Customer Girl Scouts of the USA
Location Savannah, Georgia (United States)
Regional Info

 Coastal, sub-tropical

News/Announcements

 www.juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org

Products Used in This Project

PSS 20 anti-graffiti coating
PSS 20 anti-graffiti coating
PSS 20 is a 100% reversible anti-graffiti, anti-soiling protective coating. PSS 20 protects the value and integrity of buildings, bridges, public art and monuments, by keeping graffiti, pollution and soiling off the underlying surface.
 
Royalan Extreme Weather Mineral Silicate Finish
Royalan Extreme Weather Mineral Silicate Finish
KEIM Royalan is an exterior mineral silicate paint for use in subtropic/tropic conditions.
 
Universalputz Fine Historic Mix Plaster/Stucco
Universalputz Fine Historic Mix Plaster/Stucco
Universalputz Fine is a thin layer, interior and exterior plaster and stucco based on a unique formula of hydraulic lime, white Portland Cement and mineral fibers/fillers.  Meets requirements of CSIII (P II acc. to DIN 18550). Serves as the base for KEIM Mineral Silicate paints and finishes, for a complete plaster/stucco system for historic restoration or new construction.  
 
Universalputz Standard Historic Mix Plaster/Stucco
Universalputz Standard Historic Mix Plaster/Stucco
Lime cement render-KEIM Universalputz is a renovation and thin layer exterior wall render, based on lime cement and fiber reinforcement, (Standard render to DIN EN 998-1). KEIM Universalputz corresponds to mortar category CS III, P II acc. to DIN V 18550. Combined with KEIM silicate coatings, KEIM Universalputz is a coordinated render/coating system.
 
Royalan Dilution/Thinner
Royalan Dilution/Thinner
Dilution and primer for the products of the KEIM Royalan system. Reacts chemically with the mineral surface. The product comprises of liquid potassium silicate, pure acrylate, stabilizers and additives.