The National Park Service has invited bids for painting four buildings at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio.
National Park Service
Bids are due Sept. 6.
The project involves preparing and painting the exteriors of the carriage house, restroom building, horse barn and windmill to match existing building colors.
Built in 1893, the carriage house now serves as a visitor center featuring exhibits from President Garfield’s early life and educational pursuits, including his military career and eventual political rise.
Garfield, who served nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected President, acquired the house and surrounding land in 1876 to accommodate his large family. He also was a lawyer and served as a Union Army major general in the Civil War, fighting in the battles of Shiloh and Chickamauga. He was shot by an assassin on July 2, 1881, and died on Sept. 19, 1881. He had been president for only 200 days when he was shot.
The windmill and 1870s barn are included in a special “Behind the Scenes” park tour that is offered the first Saturday of each month. The buildings are not typically available for tours. See NPS website for more information.
The painting project includes coating all wood features of the buildings. Surfaces include siding, shingles, doors, door frames, exterior entryways, shutters, windows and frames, and cupola siding.
The Park Service indicated that lead paint was discovered and mitigated during previous preservation work carried out in the 1990s. But the Park Service said potential lead-paint hazards remain “unknown” for the project.
The project is set aside for Small Business sources.
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