Winston’s Chimney Service is proud to share with you some exciting news about our business. We have been very busy working on the historic restoration of the renowned Andrew Mellon Building in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Our expert Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians have been relining the masonry chimneys of this building’s four fireplaces with stainless steel chimney liners so that this 100-year-old building can safely use these heating appliances. We would like to tell you more about this renovation project that is very dear to our hearts.
What is the Andrew Mellon Building?
A landmark apartment building located on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., it was built in 1915 by the heir to the International Harvester fortune, Stanley McCormick, and was one of the first luxury apartment buildings in the city. The building takes its name from its most significant former resident, Andrew Mellon, the millionaire industrialist who served as Secretary of the Treasury of the U.S. from 1921 to 1932. Mellon lived on the top floor of this building from 1922 until his death in 1937. After 1941, the Andrew Mellon Building served as an office building and was sold in 1976 to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2009, the National Trust put the building on the real estate market, and it was sold in 2013 to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) for $36.5 million, who began restoring the building after purchasing it.
What is involved in the current restoration of this historic building?
According to the Grunley Construction Company, this five-story building is being renovated to serve as the new headquarters for AEI and has involved excavation, underpinning, and construction of a new level below the original basement. The central core structure of the building has been updated, and, to accommodate a new penthouse level, the existing steel frame has been reinforced. The mechanical and electrical systems have been completely redone, and the exterior of the building has been restored with highly detailed limestone work. Winston’s Chimney Service was contracted by Grunley to do all of the fireplace and restoration work on this historic building.
If you live in an older home with a masonry chimney, you know you can trust Winston’s Chimney Service to perform outstanding restoration services as well as maintenance tasks such as chimney sweeping and inspections. Contact us today for any chimney need you may have.