Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Just in case you haven't noticed.

Painting on the pressed metal cornice continues. We think we have finally figured out our paint scheme. You should start seeing it come together down the side of the building. Hopefully, it will translate nicely to the front. We'll post a picture as soon as we get a chance.

Also if you haven't noticed, some of the windows are gone. Ol' House Experts of Madison (IN), have removed six of the windows for restoration. They'll restore the windows using the existing historic glass and repair and replace wood as needed with like materials. Why someone would restore a historic window and not reuse the existing historic glass doesn't make a lot of sense. We had bids to restore the windows using new glass. We were told that they wouldn't be able to remove the old glass without breaking it. We did some quick research online and found out how the real professionals do it.

Ol' House Experts uses the preferred method for restoring the windows. They will be putting the windows into a steam box to soften up the old paint and window glazing. This will allow them to remove the brittle glass without breaking it. We were told that by using this method they could lower the breakage from 50-75% down to only about 5%. We were assured that any broken glass would be replaced by glass that had that old wavy look to it. Thanks to Historic Landmarks of Indiana for turning us on to Jack Patchin and Rhonda Deeg of Ol' House Experts. We can't wait to get some of them back.

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