We are excited today, as our new office renovation project at the old Pope Residence is starting! The first thing to do is, naturally, demolition, where we clean out everything we aren't going to use and create a blank slate.
We aren't getting rid of any rooms, so that will help. The house has lovely, huge rooms already. But was a big staircase that doesn't meet any building code anywhere that had to go! It was the first thing that got demolished. Here it isn't!
(Historical note: The Pope Residence started out as two separate entities, with a doctor's office on the ground floor and a family residence upstairs. At first we were confused about the lack of a space for a kitchen upstairs, but then we saw on the old maps a separate kitchen behind the house, to reduce the risk of house fires.)
Electricity is the priority after getting rid of all evidence of the stairs, including the big hole in the ceiling. The house was built in 1905 and has some "interesting" electrical setups, especially on the second floor. So, our friends at Choice Builders are going to start with that all-important safety concern first off.
After that, we will do some leveling on the floors, deal with some water damage and do the fun things that will bring this old lady back some of her former glory. The demolition reveals some intriguing hints at the way the house used to look. It appears that the downstairs had large, arched openings when it was first built.
By the 1930s, the first floor of the house was a boarding facility, so we think that's when the smaller doors went in.
What else will we learn about the Pope Residence? Who knows,