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Historic Beaufort Foundation (HBF) is in the beginning stages of a long awaited and much anticipated exterior renovation project for the John Mark Verdier House.
In 2017, HBF launched the Paint the Lady campaign to raise funds to properly repair, prepare and paint the exterior of our flagship property, the John Mark Verdier House.
We are pleased to report that we have reached a pivotal turning point in our fundraising by raising a major portion of our goal. Our plan is for completion of these improvements by early 2021.
Our plan is for completion by early 2021 with historically accurate paint colors.
We’ve recently discovered that the house’s tabby foundation is covered in Roman cement and painted (scored) to appear as if it were stone. Noted tabby expert and author Colin Brooker has written that the use of Roman Cement on the Verdier House is probably the earliest known use of this product in Beaufort and possibly the Lowcountry.
Constructed (ca.1804) During the Federal Period of Architecture
The Verdier House has withstood war, hurricanes, economic depressions, neglect and misuse in its 214-year existence. A thoughtful group of citizens gave the house new life in the mid-twentieth century when it was rescued from demolition and restored by HBF. It has been 50 years since undergoing major restoration in the 1970’s. Since that time, the house has had minor repairs, and in 2010, installation of an authentic shake shingle roof.
this iconic downtown building a long-awaited facelift.