Congratulations to Ariel Clark of Southwest Restoration on the August 2021 completion of an 1880s smokehouse rehabilitation for George Kegley, owner of historic Monterey in Roanoke, VA. Ariel, a former Foundation Board member, inherited the company from her father, Mark Clark, who retired after restoring many old buildings in the Roanoke Valley and the surrounding regions.
Ariel stabilized the 1800s smokehouse located in the back yard of Monterey, the 1845 home of George and the late Louise Kegley in northeast Roanoke. Termites had seriously damaged the old building.
Noted in this 1889 photo above is a small building to the right of the main building that was part of the smokehouse, It was identified as such after hooks used to hold hams were seen in its top. The main building, pictured with four generations of servants (a great-grandmother was out sick) unfortunately is no longer standing along with the others shown in the background. No one knows when these outbuildings were constructed. Most recently, the old smokehouse building was used for storage.
Prior to beginning the project, Ariel held a tour of the smokehouse on May 8, 2021 and explained her plans for salvaging and stabilizing the wood damaged by termites. She did a beautiful job preserving as much of the original structure as possible and the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation appauds her efforts. Ariel can be reached at www.southwestrestorationva.com withany questions specific to the project,
RVPF, Inc. thanks Lynsey Crantz for taking photos of the completed project during its unveiling on August 21, 2021.