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Historic Beach House Up for Repaint

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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A project to repair and paint a turn-of-the-century cottage at Eastern Point Beach, CT,  is out to bid.

The City of Groton, CT, is seeking contractors to paint the exterior surfaces of the historic Stephen Zbierski House.

Bids are due Friday (June 14). A mandatory pre-bid meeting was held June 5.

Scope of Work

The project includes scraping, cleaning, and painting all siding and trim of the three-story, wood-framed structure.

Stephen Zbierski House

The three-story home, which dates to 1915, contains 12 rooms and nearly 6,000 square feet.

The contractor will paint all exterior surfaces with a coat of peel-stopping primer, followed by two coats of white acrylic latex, using brush, roller or spray application.

Bare wood and stucco surfaces will also be spot-primed before coating application, and newly installed wood doors will be painted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The paint on both the siding and trim has been identified as containing lead, and proper lead-handling procedures should be taken throughout this project.

Other work includes replacing rotted trim flooring, as well as any rotted or damaged siding, ceilings and trim discovered during the project.

House History

Built in 1915, the white frame building was once a private residence. In 1965, the City of Groton bought the house and about an acre of land for $40,000 in an effort to expand Eastern Point Beach Park. A 1965 article from the Groton News describes the 12-room home as having 1,780 square feet on each floor and several deck porches along the exterior.

Stephen Ziebierski House
City of Groton

The City of Groton renamed the former Ronnick property for Stephen Zbierkski, a local official who headed the city's purchase of the site. The house was built in 1915 as a private home.

Originally known as the Albert J. Ronnick property, the site was renamed by the city for Stephen Zbierski, a Beach and Parks Superintendent who had spearheaded the acquisition, The Day of Connecticut reported. He was a World War II Navy veteran and former professional football player, hired for his athletic background.

The city now rents the space for private events of less than 50 people. According to the city website, the venue overlooks the Thames River and Long Island Sound.

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Tagged categories: Exterior Wall Coatings; Government contracts; Historic Preservation; Historic Structures; Lead; Maintenance + Renovation; Maintenance programs; Paint BidTracker; Residential Construction; Wood

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