The Friends of Newtowne Manor House, under the auspices of St. Francis Xavier Church and the Archdiocese of Washington is taking the initiative to plan the preservation and eventual restoration of the Manor House. A generous gift from the estate of Patrick O'Donnell has provided seed money to start us toward our preservation goals. But more capital will be needed for restoration. Donations are tax deductible and may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church. Be sure to mark "Manor House Restoration" on the memo line.
Some tasks to preserve the structure have already occurred:
- A complete recording of the interior has been completed by Alex Reinburg of Atlantic Heritage.
- A topological survey of the grounds has been completed by Scott Lawrence and Ruth Mitchell.
- Temporary plywood panels have been installed over all the windows to keep out pests, contain broken glass and to allow light to penetrate the interior.
- A small stoop and a moveable stair case have been made to allow easier access to the south side entry door. New locks have been installed on the entry door.
- A plywood lean-to has been mounted over the basement access door to divert rainfall away from the opening.
- Debris has been removed from the interior
- A survey of parishioners undertaken in the Fall of 2016 inidicated very strong support for the preservation of Newtowne Manor House.
- The next tasks will include installing gutters and grading the south and west sides to divert storm water away from the structure so that the brick can dry out prior to masonry repairs.
- In February 2017, structural engineer, Matt Daw from Keast & Hood, conducted a survey of the building.
- In the spring of 2017 vents with wire mesh will be installed in all the basement windows and door from the first floor to the basement will be replaced with framed wire mesh to allow moisture to move up through the structure.
- temporary screw jacks and supporting trusses will be installed in the basement under all four chimney floors.