Dohrman Construction was hired in 2017 to conduct repairs and rehabilitation on the historic Minis House in downtown Savannah. Designed by renowned architect Stephen Decatur Button, the home was once a headquarters for the American Red Cross.
The property is now residential and has undergone extensive rehabilitation on its exterior. Dohrman Construction restored the building’s masonry, along with repairs and reconstruction of its back porch. The work included removal and replacement of rotted bead boards with new, pressure-treated beams, heavy timber repairs, new joists and Dutchmen repairs. The work also included restoration of the existing historic balustrade and lighting.
The masonry work included matching the existing mortar in color and texture and then doing extensive repointing work ahead of the window and shutter repairs and galvanized cornice work that was then carried out on the house. The existing brownstone sills, lintels and band course were delaminating and spalling when we began the project. Those have been restored using Jahn restoration materials matched to the original brownstone color and texture.
This exterior restoration will give this museum quality building many more years of life.