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Fairlawn gets a facelift

Dave Engstrom of Proctor paints the exterior of the Fairlawn Mansion from a cherry picker on Wednesday afternoon in Superior.

Painters from Swanson and Youngdale of Duluth are working on repainting sides of the mansion facing East Second Street and 10th Avenue East.

The second and third floors of the mansion, which are included in the current project, were last repainted in 1991 and 1992, respectively. The first floor was repainted during the first-floor renovation project in 1998.

The work is being done first on the sides of the building subjected to the worst impact from the weather, said Susan Anderson, director of the Superior Public Museums.

The sides of the building facing Ninth Avenue East and East Third Street are slated to be painted next year.

While plans were originally to complete the project in one phase, it had to be scaled back because of cuts in the city's capital improvement program.

The first phase is expected to cost about $62,000.

Jim Patton of Cloquet paints trim that will be reattached to the mansion on Wednesday afternoon. Patton estimates that phase one should take about two weeks.