Home Improvement Questions? Ask a Handyman for Answers
I'm sorry you've had bad luck with contractors but you need to find a restoration carpenter/contractor who specializes in Victorian homes. This type of restoration is not one for a generic contractor with no experience restoring antique homes. Of course the problem can be fixed but I'm in no position to do that for you or even tell you how to effect the repairs without an onsite inspection (we only answer questions online). You could try HomeAdvisor.com and be very specific that you require a restoration contractor when you fill out your service request. There is no charge to you for HomeAdvisors referral service.
I understand your upset about this issue with the columns but there's not a lot I can do from behind a computer screen. I did all I can pointing you to the proper type contractor. What were you expecting?