By Joshua Maloni
Reconstruction work has ramped up at the Village of Lewiston’s crown jewel, with the addition of Harvey Windows + Doors casements at the Frontier House.
Precision Siding & Roofing Company was at the historic site earlier this week, taking out broken windows and installing new ones along the 199-year-old building’s exterior. The North Tonawanda company started in 1989 and specializes in remodeling.
Owner Shawn Lansberry is pictured on Tuesday removing old framing, and working with an employee (who asked to remain anonymous) on placing a new window on the back street-level wall.
Trim will be painted following the installation process.
Windows were supplied by Greater Niagara Building Center. This Niagara Falls business was founded in 2013 and, as a wholesaler, works directly with builders and contractors.
Mayor Anne Welch said, “I’m always excited to see the restoration progress! They put the (second-floor) staircase inside, too. Hopefully, people will see the progress which has been ongoing.”
Ellicott Development Company is overseeing the remodel. Director of Development Thomas M. Fox declined comment but, in a May interview, explained all windows were set to be replaced, as – “pretty much everything is non-original.”
“The windows are shot,” Fox said at that time. “We made a determination to replace them. We've gone through a process with the window manufacturer and SHPO (New York's State Historic Preservation Office) and National Parks to review and approve the proposed replacements that will be in kind with the original windows. Wood windows, clad on the outside, aluminum. And they will be historic match profiles.”