NORTH BENNINGTON -- Just ask the Park McCullough Association: The upkeep on a historic Civil War-era mansion is pretty much neverending.
The nonprofit association parcels out the tasks of the ongoing labors of love at Park McCullough House over time, where the budget allows.
The latest effort includes a large repair and painting project on the westward-facing exterior wall of the four-story home, from ground to eaves.
Allen McCullough, part of the family who built the mansion and also a member of the association, said the west side of the building gets the most abuse from the weather and was determined to be in need of a fresh coat of paint or two.
McCullough said the Park McCullough Association contracted AndGood, a professional painting crew out of Berlin, N.Y., to do the work.
The crew of 4-5 people has been on the job for the last couple of weeks, utilizing scaffolding and a cherry picker to scrape and paint all four stories of the west wall of the home.
"It's a big job, and those doing the job are wonderful," McCullough said, noting that the west side of the house has elaborate trim and window sashes that complicate the work. "They have scraped to the bare wood, primed, and (on Wednesday) applied the first of two topcoats."
He added, "It's making the house look a lot better and it will preserve that facade for the future."
As it has done in the past, Home Depot of Bennington has donated paint to the nonprofit. This year, more than $1,000 worth of pale yellow, gold and brown paint was gifted to the association. Home Depot expertly matched all the colors to the existing paint, McCullough said. Last year Home Depot helped paint Park McCullough's carriage barn.
"A lot of research was done into the coloring of the paint," he said. "The house has been painted a couple of times over the past 40 years."
The next project will be getting up to the cupola, McCullough said.
"It's a never-ending process," he said.
Park McCullough House is located at 1 Park St. in North Bennington. Learn more at www.parkmccullough.org
Michelle Karas, in the interest of full disclosure, is a volunteer at Park McCullough House. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @bannereditor.