Restoring the Academy's Historic Trim Pieces

Elkton, Ky. (October 29, 2014) – Now that we’re coming closer to the exciting finish details of the Green River Academy’s restoration, the Board of Trustees have decided to share the progress of the restoration of the Academy with our supporters. Today our contractors have begun to install the trim mock-ups for the Green River Academy. The Academy’s trim pieces are composed of multiple trims that form a boxed-end cornice. The trim features two rows of drilled dentil molding, which is fairly unusual in period buildings in the Western Kentucky region. Drilled dentil molding features a typical dental motif but also possesses holes drilled above the dentils, halfway into the trim, primarily for additional decoration.

The Academy’s original 1835 trim stock.

The Academy’s original 1835 trim stock.

The pictures attached to this post show a general mock-up of how the trim will look. While these trim pieces aren’t the final trims that will actually be used in the restoration of the building’s original moldings, it gives our preservation architect, Michael Emrick, and the Board of Trustees, a better idea as to whether or not the restoration is on point in regards to trim selections.

Mock-up of the new trim section for Green River Academy.

Mock-up of the new trim section for Green River Academy.

The original moldings for the Academy will be duplicated and attached to the boxed cornice structure. Custom knives will be made from the remaining profiles of the Academy’s molding and the same species of wood as the original, poplar, will be used to create the final moldings for the restoration.

Front Elevation of Green River Academy with trim mock-up in place.

Front Elevation of Green River Academy with trim mock-up in place.

While we had hoped that some of the original trim would have remained in place, every remaining piece was too deteriorated. Fortunately, the remaining trim wasn’t so far deteriorated that we could pull exact measurements from it to produce replacements. The original trim pieces will be kept in the Academy for the study of the next generations and to ensure that all future restorations will have first generation remnants from which to create new pieces.

Best Regards!
The Board of Trustees