Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Off with the Siding.....




Well this is another "needs to be done" project but I wanted to wait for a few years....but....I couldn't...I am trying to register the home and put it on the Historic Registry. But before they can even be eligible both the parsonage and church needs to lose some of its siding to give them an understanding of the architecture.


It appears that this siding has been up since 1932! Most people look at this, as a sign of destruction and I even had a lady stop by who complained that I ripped the porch of....But you can't have rebirth with out destruction. I try to "explain" that this is the first time the actually front of the home has been seen in over 80 years! But that doesn't matter...


As you can see though, when the fiberboard siding was installed, the home lost all its detail and I am finding it extremely hard to find any photos of the home or church. One good thing is, that there is enough of a paint profile left to trace out what the moldings originally looked like! It appears there may have been a domed porch on here, which I find interesting! 


This is the best photo, I could get of the original color of the parsonage. Yesterday Bill Hart from the Preservation Society came by and I asked him what style to home may have been? He says it looks very "shotgun" to him and then it popped into my head! Ah New Orleans! He said it is very true to African American Style of homes of that era and this would explain the bright color, odd shaped porch and moldings. It really has no style, it is what they liked and preferred. Which is amazing to have something designed by African Americans and not copied from the generic at the time Architecture styles. When restored, I will have something very unique and one of a kind. I do hope some sort of photo appears of the property pre siding.



I just started last night, pulling some vinyl off the church and this is the worst corner. It is bad, as I thought and I hate to take more off but they need at least a window uncovered to show the detail. In this corner I can stick a screw driver threw the wall! One of the worse things about fake siding...well...two...Is that the bugs will find their way in and here we have hundreds of Lady Bugs that opted to hibernate under the styrofoam. The second thing, mainly with Vinyl Siding is that between the original siding and vinyl...you get a green house effect if any moister finds its way in.....The heat, just bakes the moister inside and not escaping...wood not drying out...It leads to mold, rot, and termites...If one opts for new siding, they need to do it right....and take all the old off and replace it.....not cover it up....

Well I am off to go dig in the pit for a few more hours, and before I can do more siding removal I need a ladder....and it seems this paycheck...a ladder will be bought....maybe in four weeks, I can buy the jacks to start lifting up the front of the parsonage and maybe get some new wood under it....Getting a roof on the church, electric in the house and plumbing...are on the top of the list...