The REstoration


After years of planning and securing funding, restoration of Huntley began in early fall of 2010, and now has been completed.  The restoration brought Huntley back to its external appearance in the early 19th century and made the interior suitable for exhibits, learning labs and other cultural programming.

The restoration completed stabilization of the structure; brought Huntley’s electrical systems up to code; added an innovative geothermal heating and cooling system; and provided on-site parking.

The restoration also included asbestos removal; removing loose paint from brick walls; repointing the brickwork; restoring the floors and interior finishes; and adding bathroom facilities in the basement.

As part of the restoration, the modern addition on the west side has been removed.  It has been replaced by a replica porch that follows the contours of the original foundation and that matches the similar porch that is being reconstructed on the east side of the house.

The project also included restoring the remaining outbuildings - the ice house and the privy - to their early 19th century appearance.

The restoration was funded through Fairfax County Park Authority bonds and through a $100,000 grant from the National Parks Service’s Save America’s Treasures program.

For more photos from the restoration project, click here.