- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ORANGE, Va. (AP) - The Temple, a trademark fixture at President James Madison’s Montpelier estate, is set for restoration.

The Daily Progress reports (https://bit.ly/1OQSJdi ) that Forrest E. Mars Jr. donated $500,000 to underwrite the first phase of the restoration of the only surviving Madison-era structure on the property other than the mansion.

A recent structural assessment confirmed damage to the Temple’s foundation as a result of a 2011 earthquake.

The Temple sits atop the estate’s icehouse, a 24-foot well that stored perishable foods and ice. The first phase of the project will restore the brick lining of the icehouse’s interior walls, which are original to Madison’s time. Many other Madison-era features of the Temple that have been concealed and protected by layers of 20th-century plaster will be returned to their original appearance.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, https://www.dailyprogress.com


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