Monday, August 19, 2013

Funeral for a Friend

Funeral for a Friend. by Jeff Carter

I guess when you share stories with friends, 
you share the good stories along with the bad ones.

This is about of the last day of a very old, very cool house.  
The story of the Reclaiming of an entire house.
Ammon Finley historic home in Springville
My father in law owns this property in Springville. He bought it for the adjacent lot next door, where he built a beautiful Queen Anne style house. It has always been his intention to restore this old 1890's house, but it turns out it was too far beyond repair. The entire back wall had failed, and has been in this condition for  many years.

The first thing we did was begin dismantling the clay bricks, and posted them for sale on the vintage yard sale sites and classifieds.  Several people expressed interest, but eventually about 10 pallets of brick was sold to the masonry contractor working on the Provo City Center temple. We'd like to hope the brick will be utilized there.  My father in law has saved 3-4 pallets for use in the new home he will build on the footprint of the old house.

They grey block under the clay is adobe.
We salvaged all the doors, interior and exterior and much of the moldings and all of the windows.

We also saved the window pediments (we learned a new word).  Those are the eyebrow pieces you see over the window and door.

Rear view-note the crooked wall/window problem
Of course demolition day was sad, but exciting.  One of the great worries was the lookey-loos, people who wanted to watch the action. But everything went well, no injuries!

We saved moldings, screens, a built in pie safe, bead board, 
tongue and groove, light fixtures and everything we thought had value.  
We saved and saved till we felt like hoarders!

Uncle Mike and my grandson Otto.

 We moved this shed for use later

This will now be an interior piece in a new sunroom

These things will have a place in the design of the new home, 
which will be a modern version of the old one, as much as is practical.

So, to get a little philosophical here: it is possible to love something, 
even though you have to destroy it.  
Reclaimology will give a lot of people the chance to enjoy a little history. 
 A home that basically was unusable will not be completely lost, 
but live on and be enjoyed in many other ways, and in other projects!

My theory of reclaimology is this: Even an outhouse has historical significance, but no one really wants to use it for it's intended purpose! This old 1930's C.C.C. out house is located on the property, but is being re-used as a place to store shovels and rakes! 

Hope you enjoyed our story. 
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  1. And can I buy the house when it's done? Gorgeous!!! Great story!

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