Our milder winter this year and generous donations are making it possible for work to continue on restoring the Thompson House. Here are pictures of brick removal and a newly installed lintel. Thank you for your contributions, EVERY amount helps move this forward.
In the photo above you can see how a new cement lintel, at the top of the photo, helps support the structure.
Seen on the right is a picture of a wooden frame built by Thompson House Friend, Gary Dolan which is used to pour cement lintels. Gary further donated his skills by welding rebar frames for each of these cement lintels also in this photo.
If you are a big Thompson House friend you may enjoy this early black and white photo of the north side. Although the windows are broken the roof is still intact.
This next photo was taken about 2009 before restoration began on the north wall.
And here is the most recent photo of the north wall taken 29 Dec 2011
You can see the roof outline on the left side of the wall of Dr. Thompson's "Medical Room".
While doing research on William Preston Thompson we found a description of this part of the house including that it was used for his medical practice. Although all of the walls on this side of the house are now repaired including the new lintels being poured and installed the Medical Room is yet to be rebuilt.
One of the major obstacles to getting to the Thompson House has now been removed. The deep creek stopped many a vehicle, or at least my truck which got hung up on a rock. The steepness of the slopes of the creek bank have now been lessened.
And the house is looking good too. Look no falling down walls! Well at least not on this side of the house.