Machado Silvetti, located in Boston, has been chosen to safeguard an eighteenth-century home in Virginia once belonging to an endorser of the Declaration of Independence.

The work is for Francis Lightfoot Lee’s home in upper east Virginia close to Warsaw. Otherwise called the Menokin house, it has fallen into ruin throughout the decades, and it will be rejuvenated with an expansion by Machado Silvetti.

Lee was one of the 56 underwriters of the Declaration of Independence that was signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on 4 July 1776, in which 13 colonies announced themselves autonomous of the British Empire, and guaranteed themselves to be the United States of America.

Lee was one of seven men from Virginia who signed the announcement, and his home was pronounced a US National Historic Landmark in 1971.

The house sits on 202 hectares of land, on the edges of Warsaw in upper east Virginia close to the Chesapeake Bay, and was before a tobacco plantation.

Machado Silvetti’s glass structure will encase segments of the home that have fallen into deterioration. Bits of the insides will be reconstructed as well.