Photo feature: Restoring history from the top down

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A crane lifted two air-conditioner units and 14 sections of railing for the house’s widow’s walk. The railings, which were repaired and repainted by park service employees, and the compressors were originally taken down in order for a new roof to be installed. The balustrade sections will be reinstalled this week, hopefully for at least another 150 years.

Natchez National Historical Park employees James Davis and Larry Stewart help Natchez Heating and Cooling’s Heath Holley move an air-conditioner compressor into place on the roof of the antebellum house Melrose Monday morning.

Natchez National Historical Park employee Demestra Winding secures straps around the newly painted and restored balustrade section.

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat A crane lifts an air conditioner compressor from the ground to the top of the main house at Melrose.