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exterior of Harriet Beecher Stowe House Location: Cincinnati, OH
Cost: $133,000
Schedule: January 2020 – May 2020
Architect / Engineer: Advantage Group Engineers
Client: Ohio History Connection
Services: RestorationReinforcement

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is a historic home and museum in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The 5,000 square foot house was completed in 1833. Harriet Beecher Stowe, known for writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin, lived in Cincinnati at the beginning of her writing career and gave birth to her first two children while living in the home. The building was experiencing a decaying foundation, and SSRG was brought on to create long-lasting solutions.

Another historic home restored by SSRG.

In November of 2019, SSRG performed preliminary investigations to evaluate existing foundation conditions. With the help of Advantage Group Engineers, the team proposed a suitable solution. The most efficient and effective solution was foundation repair using helical piles underpinning. The plan was developed by Advantage. SSRG installed 21 piles and approximately 50 CY of underpinning/fill to stabilize the footers.

Check out Local12’s story about the restoration.

One of the major challenges involved was access for excavation and underpinning at interior walls. The front portion of the building is comprised of a crawl space that is only about 2 ft. tall. The SSRG crew had to get into this space to excavate and underpin interior footings.

Explore another SSRG helical project. 

The team also repaired sidewalks and built the new wood access ramp with metal rails for the East entrance to the Stowe House.

exterior of Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Entrance to Harriet Beecher Stowe house
exterior of Stowe House with stabilization solution
Stabilization to historic Harriet Beecher Stowe house
Repaired sidewalk at Harriet Beecher Stowe house
New handicap ramp on Historic Harriet Beecher Stowe house
New accessible ramp for historic Stowe House
exterior of Harriet Beecher Stowe house, new accessible ramp

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