Well, work’s beginning in earnest on the hallway – finally! Our deadline is the board meeting on December 3, so the timescale is pretty tight.
Today, Earl, our facilities manager, pulled some of the spindles out of the railing on the third floor where we’ve had to enclose it for fire regulations. He took about four or five out so that he could replace ones further down the staircase which are missing or damaged. Of course, after he hung over the edge of the staircase, and pulled them out, he found that they were just a little shorter than the ones he’s replacing. Twas ever thus! We found some of the original nails when we pulled the trim to get the spindles. Because the house dates from the 1850’s, the nails probably also date from that time period.
A word about Earl… I’ve known him for years and he’s one of those true gems. He knows everyone and has kept this house and 13+ acre property running, with very limited resources, even hanging wreaths and putting candles in the windows for the holidays. He’s incredibly patient with me as I am suggesting screwball things like blue porch ceilings, cocktail parties on the porch and multiple paint swatches on the walls. He retired from the Baltimore City Fire Department and then came to work here. He’s my hero!