Phase V: Interiors
Interior work completed to date includes two important projects: The restoration of the Sun Porch used by the Martin Family; and restoration of floors in the entry way, living room and dining room, as well as fire suppression in these areas.
This project was far more complex than it may appear. During the late 1940s, the wood living room floor collapsed due to moisture in the basement. The Martin family replaced the wood floor with concrete plank flooring. During the years the Piarist Fathers were in residence, they covered the dining room floor with linoleum, affixed with adhesive. In an earlier phase of restoration by the Conservancy, the dirt basement floor was removed, and both drainage and a new concrete floor were installed in the basement, to resolve moisture issues. The linoleum flooring in the dining room was removed, leaving a thick residue of black adhesive.
With moisture problems resolved, it was now safe to painstakingly remove the concrete planks, and restore them to restore the original cypress floor. The unsightly adhesive in the dining room was also carefully removed, exposing the original wood floors, which were then restored as well.
Also part of this project, the Graycliff Conservancy installed a large portion of a new, state-of-the-art fire suppression system. This system relies on a mist of water to extinguish flames in the event of fire, rather than the gallons of water that a more traditional system employs. This water misting fires suppression system is being used at Graycliff, the first time it is being used in Western New York.
The Graycliff Conservancy is very grateful to the Hooper Family Foundation, which provided all funding for the restoration of the Family Sun Porch. It is equally grateful to The State of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire New York State Legislature, particularly Senator Mark Grisanti; The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation; and the Hooper Family Foundation for providing funding restoration of the floors and installation of the fire suppression system.