Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (ca. 1700)


Concord, MA


McGinley Kalsow and Associates


Louisa May Alcott Museum Foundation

Project Description

Structures North was the Structural Engineer of Record for the structural rehabilitation and stabilization of Orchard House, funded in part by a “Save America’s Treasures” grant. Work included repair and reinforcement of the insect- and rot-damaged timber frame (using a combination of traditional timber joinery and hidden reinforcement members), concealed reinforcement of the floor structures (to increase load capacity to museum levels) and total reconstruction of the basement and foundation while suspending the house over the construction pit as it remained open as a museum.

Orchard House is on the National Historic Register.

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