Painting Bids Sought for Historic Manor


The City of Bowie, MD, is inviting bids for interior and exterior repainting of the historic Belair Mansion, an 18th-century plantation home that was used as a residence for 250 years.

Bids are due Thursday (Sept. 26). A mandatory pre-bid meeting was held Sept. 16.

Scope of Work

Contractors will be expected to paint the interior and exterior exposed surfaces of the building, including wood, metal, plaster, and gypsum board, the owner said.

Interior plaster and gypsum wall board will receive a three-coat system of latex paint. Interior wood trim and molding, wooden stairs and wooden doors will be coated with a latex primer sealer and a semi-gloss acrylic finish.

Metal guardrails, handrails, pipe bollards, cornices, and exterior trim will all be primed with direct-to-metal acrylic and finished with two coats of high-gloss exterior latex. Wooden stair treads and railings with a natural finish will receive an oil-based stain and sealer, with two finish coats of clear polyurethane.

Exterior wooden doors, window sashes, frames and trim will be coated with an oil-based primer and two finish coats of satin latex.

According to project documents, each surface should be cleaned before coating application and removable items removed until the completion of painting. Wooden surfaces will be sanded until uniform. Galvanized surfaces will be cleaned and treated with solvent and phosphoric acid etch.

About the Site

Built about 1745 as a plantation home for Samuel Ogle, the Provincial Governor of Maryland, Belair Mansion and its stables are both recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. The Colonial estate is said to be the only one where racehorse breeding took place during three centuries.

Belair Mansion 1936
Historic American Buildings Survey of Maryland via Wikipedia

Belair Mansion's central section is shown in 1936. The mansion and six acres of land were deeded to the City of Bowie, MD, for one dollar in 1964.

Construction on the mansion began in 1740 on what was once a 500-acre estate named Catton, patented by the Calvert family in 1681, according to Wikipedia.

The mansion changed hands several times over the years to a long list of owners that includes other governors and William Woodward, a noted American horseman of the 20th century, according to the owner’s site. Woodward expanded the house in 1914 and, by the time the estate was sold at auction in 1957, it spanned 2,280 acres. Though sold to Levitt and Sons for $1,750,000 at the auction, the mansion and roughly six acres of land were ultimately sold to the City of Bowie in 1964 for one dollar to be used as a City Hall, according to Wikipedia.

Today, the mansion functions as a museum alongside the stables and is decorated to reflect its 250-year use as a residence.

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