Friday, February 25, 2011

Not unlike organ donation!

We had our regular construction update meeting at Tucker Brothers Store yesterday. Progress is good and our timeline heading for a completion date in early May remains achievable. An interesting aspect is the replacement floor boards (part of the bundled delivery is shown in the photograph). When it became clear that a significant portion of the existing, original flooring could not be salvaged, we asked that re-claimed or re-sawn 'old wood' be used for the floor board replacement. The boards that will go onto the floor in Charlotte Court House are re-claimed from the Dan River Mill complex in Danville! These buildings made it on our Endangered Sites List and came close to being donated to us at one time. When all preservation efforts failed and the buildings were demolished, the timbers, bricks and other building parts were salvaged and sold. These floor boards went to a facility in Mississippi before returning to within and hour's drive of their original location to be part of this building in Charlotte Court House. I'll post another photo once they are installed. Not the ideal preservation solution as far as the mills are concerned but a good example of making the best of a bad situation!

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