Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Getting started

Log: November 2001:

I was fortunate to obtain a scan of an old photo of the house. The house was built in 1897 for John and Almira Hall. This photo will be a great help in matching the missing gingerbread trim on the porches and possibly the cresting and finials on the roof.
When I purchased the house in October 2001, this century-old Folk Victorian was showing its age, somewhat neglected and a little abused. This blog will show some of the process of it being rejuvenated to its former beauty, one room at a time. Like a vain woman, the house abhorred its flaws and was delighted with the prospect of becoming a showpiece instead of an eyesore. Although a few of the previous owners had made some improvements and restoration, there was still plenty to do.
One of the first things I did after cleaning the inside of the house was have about a dozen Chinese elms cut down. They were planted too close to the back fence, two of them blocked the view of the Manti temple and one was right where the east sidewalk needed to end. At least I had firewood for a few years. I left two large cottonwoods in the front of the house. I also planted several fruit trees.

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