|It's a little hard to see, but here you can see the bulls eye plinth block missing from the photo before this one. Now the casings match on each side of the window. WIndows have been removed to be restored.|
|The darker wall color indicates where the stair surround walls were built. They chopped the edge of theother window casing off to attach the new wall to the existing. Unfortunate, but fixable.|
|Here's that very odd stencil that I mentioned. Honestly, I remember eating shredded wheat out of a bowl with similar designs on it when I was five years old. I'm sure many folks will know what I mean.|
|Casey, the window expert. Here she is painting the frames after they have been smoothed down, sanded and prepared for the restored windows to be eventually reinstalled.|
It looks like they may have been placed at the perimeter of the room at the top edge of the crown molding. I was floored because I never really pictured this house fit out in full Victorian detail, but it makes sense that as styles and trends changed, the style of the house would have been updated. Also, the colors revealed at the stenciled area are in no way subtle or subdued, but bright and almost garish when you think of the entire ceiling being painted the green-blue field color on which the stencil was applied. Whew- it must have been something!
I have 3 shots from different distances and angles.
Anyway, along with the trellis blocking, I also found a square hollow iron tube, about 1 1/2" square, flush with the brick on the house. My first guess was that it might have been an opening for a gas line, or an electric line, but then of course I realized that the house was pre- gas and electric. Then maybe it was also a support for something like a trellis that was removable. I had to think again. As I thought, I walked back a little to discover that there was another one about 20' apart from the first one and located at the same elevation as the first, approximately a foot or so above the top of the stone foundation.
These iron tubes were symmetrical on the side elevation of the house. I examined the entire wall to see if there were any more of these, and there were not. Then I decided to check the other elevations and sure enough, I found two more equally spaced iron tubes on the opposite side of the house, identical in location to the first ones. The front and back elevations lacked the tube treatment. I actually had an inkling about what these tubes were, and I was proven right when we did the first round of demolition at the house.
Here are a couple shots of what we found inside, and guess where they were. (????)