Something we did in the house that I think is pretty cool…we didn’t want to ruin the trim work on the stairs which would of been so much work when it was done, so we knocked all the plaster off of and out from between the lathe, I sanded it and stained it and then clear coated it- it was original hand split lathe, I can’t imagine the work that went into doing the entire house! So we opted to keep this little bit of history and show case it in the house.
When we pulled up SEVEN layers of flooring, they were levelled with newspapers, some of which was stuck to the original floor…and I couldn’t imagine sanding it off, so we left it and sealed it into the finish.None of the floors are level of smooth in the sense that they have wear marks from decades of walking on them, and I thought it was amazing to see. Same with the stairs. Wes’s dad , Bert actually attended Sunday school in the house at one point I think he said. And in the pile of cans and bottles there is some definite religious colouring books that back that up.
Super modern houses are nice too- but who am I to erase all that history? I just love that our house had a story before we ever were born, and now our family will add ours.
1911 Postcard– Findlay home on High Street that was demolished in the 2000’s.
The home really wasn’t that old having been built in 1910. It was built of Newfoundland Stone and the few skids of stone that were supposed to be saved were tossed away like old shoes on McArthur Island according to Irma Willowby. The land remains empty and last night when I saw the postcard above I knew I had to do a timeline series so this never happens again. I swear if I see this happen again I will personally stand in front of the building to stop it– and that is a promise.
1920s– Photo Tom Edwards– the small fir trees in the front and the Mississippi River in the back. One verandah has been screened off
Linda Secccaspina Photo- Mid 1980s
Photo Judy Pallister 1990s — The place is a horror story and condemned.
Interior in its glory from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Interior being demolished- photo by Shane Wm. Edwards 2006