Saturday, December 11, 2010
The North Parking lot required a few retaining walls. The "cut" walls were built with the old stones that once supported the building foundation. During renovation, several piers had to be replaced mostly due to water damage. Once the foundation dirt was removed, it was discovered that the piers were supported on poured concrete footings (thankfully...), but they had also intermittently supported the structure with these stones. Most had rolled away from the structure and were loose in the basement. They were cleaned out as repairs were made. Instead of hauling them to the dump, they were reused to create retaining walls. Great work from our stone mason!
First coats of paint are going on the walls and the refurbished school house windows are being installed. About 50 of these windows lived in the basement of Sawtooth for over 40 years. As they were being refurbished, one had been inscribed with a knife reading "I hate you Miss Wilson". I'm sure Miss Wilson is long gone, and the author probably has grandchildren now, but the message lives on at Sawtooth!
The view down the long hall is looking South to North down Front Street.