The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 20, 2013

Boyd House, future mining museum, undergoing restoration

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — The 132-year-old Boyd House has a new and improved look complete with gold-painted columns on the porch.

Dan Feese, of Dan Feese Restorations, of Danville, has been painstakingly working on restoring the face of the building dating to about 1881.

“He’s been doing a wonderful job,” said Diane Zamboni, co-curator of the house and of the adjacent Montgomery House Museum. Sue Tinsley is also co-curator.

Feese also worked on the façade of the museum at 1 Bloom St.

The Montour County Historical Society, which owns the buildings, received two façade grants from the Danville Business Alliance and held a fundraiser last year to finance the work.

The society plans to use the house, which is an eclectic Victorian style, as an extension of the museum with the house also becoming a mining and manufacturing museum.

Feese expects to complete work soon on the Boyd House. The house was built by Daniel Montgomery Boyd who served as president of the First National Bank in Danville from 1883 to 1898. He was a son of Hannah Montgomery and John Boyd. Hannah was a daughter of Daniel Montgomery for whom Danville is named.

Feese began work in early July on the house which included redoing the stucco front.

He said he used cedar to make new bases for the porch columns and painted the columns in Lancaster whitewash shade.

The tops of the columns, which he painted in gold, are made of horse hair plaster.

“I’m finishing up on the molding on the porch, soffits and front of the building and priming and painting,” he said. He also rebuilt windows, sashes, reinstalled them and painted sashes in a rustic taupe. “It was a major job repairing the windows and repainting the front,” said Bob McWilliams, project manager for the historical society.

The rustic taupe matches the front of the extension of the Montgomery House Museum, where Feese removed the aluminum siding and replaced it with cedar siding he primed and painted. The extension dates to at least 1857 and the Montgomery House was built in 1792.

He also painted the trim and window sashes of the museum in a project begun in May and finished July 1.

Zamboni said the Boyd House was remodeled somewhere around the turn-of-the century and appears to have had the same architecture and contractor as the former Pursel home on West Market Street owned by Barbara Walzer.

Replacement of the roof on the Boyd house has begun. The new roof will look as if it is slate. Boss Roofing, of West Milton, is the contractor.

McWilliams said the society set aside money for the roof work but has spent all the funds it has accumulated.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the restoration of the Boyd House may send a donation to the historical society at P.O. Box 8, Danville.