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Preserving the Mansion House

Preservation is a team effort that requires the support of members, donors, government, and private funders and involves preservation architects and contractors, staff, and volunteers all working together. 

Preservation in Action:

Thanks to members, donors, and funders, OCMH is making tremendous progress on a critical and unprecedented historic preservation initiative to ensure the continuation of the Mansion House for generations to come! Oneida Community Mansion House’s Historic Preservation Team is completing Phase 1 of a multi-phase 10-year, $10 million project to preserve and protect the Mansion House. In addition to the regular maintenance and upkeep of a structure, stewards of historic buildings must repair features and systems to preserve the historic integrity of a building as well as to protect the interiors and collections. 

OCMH's historic preservation goals are to save and care for the Mansion House so that it can stand as a testament to and tell the stories of the people who lived, worked, and played here, enabling future generations to "Experience Community" at the Mansion House for another 160 years and beyond!

Phase 1 Photo Gallery

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$1.8M Phase 1 Preservation Project: 

Over the last 160 years, the Mansion House has retained its "good bones," but there has been wear and tear: roof leaks, failing masonry, damaged trim work, and missing and damaged slate tile. To remedy these issues the Phase 1 project addressed:

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Mansard Roof Repair

  • Slate removals, replacement

  • Cornice shelf repaired, replaced

  • Cornice corbels rebuilt

  • Cornice deck and frame rebuilt

  • 54 dormers repaired

  • Flashing replaced with Freedom Gray copper

  • Moldings and brackets repaired, replaced

  • Gutter installation around the South Wing

Roof Replacement and Repair

  • Flat roof removal and replacement

  • Flashing replaced

Brick Masonry Rebuilt

  • 12,000 bricks rebuilt and repointed

Go In-depth with OCTV Videos about Historic Preservation at the Mansion House

Contractors are working on the Oneida Community Mansion House preservation work on brick facade
Thank you to all of our
Mansion House Phase 1 Preservation Campaign Donors!
And a special thanks to the following top tier donors:

The Gorman Foundation

Kenwood Benevolent Society
Oneida Savings Bank Charitable Foundation

 John P. L. and Cornelia Hatcher Family Fund
 Central New York Community Foundation-(Anonymous #33 Fund)

Preservation League of NYS/Northern Border Regional Commission


Thank you to the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council,

the Governor of NYS, the NYS Legislature, NYSOPRHP 

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