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Materials for Refinishing Tidewater Cypress on the Pope-Leighey House

By Pamela Kirschner

Photo by Audra Medve

Recent conservation work at the Pope-Leighey House, built for Loren and Charlotte Pope in 1939 and now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has focused on the house’s cypress cladding. Tidewater cypress was a favorite material of Wright’s and it was specified for many of his Usonian houses. Tidewater cypress is a particularly durable species and has stood up well on these houses, which range from nearly 60 to…

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