The six fireplaces in the Manship House were built back-to-back, forming three massive interior chimney stacks.  The chimneys, reconstructions from the earlier restoration, were not moving at the same rate as wooden portions of the house and were contributing to the foundation problems.  After the chimney stacks were removed from the roof down through the attic, work began on the demolition of the interior chimney stacks.  Great care was necessary to minimize damage to the wallpapers and baseboards during this phase of work.   All of the chimneys have now been removed to the floor level.  The chimney bases will be left in place until the house is leveled to add stability to the structure.

Manship House master bedroom prior to construction.

View through the master bedroom fireplace opening to the dining room.

The parlor/bedroom chimney in the process of demolition.

View from the bedroom into the parlor.