Sunday, October 15, 2017

Inside The Restoration


The restoration of the fire-damaged home of William Chick Scarritt is proceeding nicely. The roof is now complete and installation of windows has begun..the curved ones for the tower should arrive soon.  All HVAC and plumbing is finished and the electrical will be complete today 10/15/17. The house was built in 1887 and was extensively damaged by fire in September of 2016
 The fire took out the second and third floors and caused heavy collapse and water damage to the first floor.  Above and below are views from the second floor balcony of the William Wallace house next door and the KC Skyline.   This balcony will be off the master bath.

 Above, the view from the newly installed third floor windows looking south west toward downtown.
 Above, the owners, Larry and Susan, acquired the mantel from a monastery in France..which was constructed around 1820.  The stone piece at the top is from Belgium.  Below, this is the new third floor.

 Above, the carriage house in the rear where the couple are living until the third floor is finished.  Below, the third floor looking south toward the front of the house.

 Above, another view of the third floor which has three fireplaces.... Fireplace number two is below and even has a pizza oven up top.


 First floor, front rooms.  Floors have been removed to repair the joists.  There was a lot of work needed to repair the beams and to clean out mold.  This room, above and below,  is on the southwest corner of the house. The decorative ceiling piece is from France.

                            Above, another ceiling piece to be installed which has come from India.
 Above and below, the front parlor next to the entrance.  The original stain-glass has been removed and is being repaired in St. Joseph.  Parquet flooring with wood from Europe and Russia has arrived and is ready to be installed on the first and second floors.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bungalowdown

 Historic Northeast bungalow.  Built in 1929 and lovingly restored over the last few years.
 64123/home/93089358https://www.redfin.com/MO/Kansas-City/3715-Gladstone-Blvd-64123/home/93089358














                                                            Saltwater pool.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mo To Miss

North of St Louis near Alton, Illinois the Mighty Mo flows into the Might Mississippi.  The Confluence is observable from the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower on the Illinois side of the rivers.  There is the Jones Confluence Park on the Missouri side, but it is frequently closed due to flooding... as it was last weekend.  Costs $6 for adults, $5 if you're ancient.  There is a tour guide.  Above, you can see where the rivers merge. Below is the aerial view of the same place.



 The Kid and Jon... by the entrance to the tower.  Lewis and Clark reportedly started their Expedition at the mouth of the Missouri at the Confluence.
                           Top, the Missouri River.  Bottom, the Mississippi River.
                                                       Egret and dead fishes.
                                           Another shot of the confluence.
 It was a lousy time of day for photos as the sun was directly overhead... also there was a lot of haze/smoke over by the city.  Black and white made it palatable .

There are three levels of the Tower each with a protective cage all around the deck.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Victorian Resurrection

This 1893 Victorian on Benton Boulevard has been brought back to life after languishing for years in neglect.  Below see two sets of before/after pictures and then the rest of the house and grounds.  http://www.reecenichols.com/homes-for-sale/327-Benton-Boulevard-Kansas-City-MO-64124-212792307
The house is in the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood in Historic Northeast Kansas City.