The original buttresses flanking the front steps would have been built of brick and stuccoed and scored in imitation of ashlar masonry.  They have been rebuilt using concrete blocks so that it is easy to determine that they are part of the current restoration rather than original to the house.  The buttresses, foundation piers, and chimneys will be painted a Portland stone color as recommended by A. J.Downing in the Architecture of Country Houses.

Constructing the buttresses and step risers.

Applying the stucco.

The stucco was scored to imitate ashlar masonry.