Daily Archives: August 22, 2013

Corbels and iron work – it’s all in the details baby!

What is it we love about Morton Hall?  Oh let us count the ways!

Anyone who has ever asked Laurie about Morton Hall knows, the details of the house had her at “hello”.  All of the gorgeous ironwork, wood trim, built-ins, corbels, and just plain awesomeness sang out to her.

While the iron work and corbels are not in the best of shape right now, it is in the master plan to restore them to their former glory.  Until then, take a look and imagine the future possibilities.

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Ruth and Laurie spending some quality time on the front porch among the iron work.

The back section (now known as the rental)

I wish I could remember what year this was exactly, but it was at least 5 years ago this summer that someone had the brilliant idea of taking the back section of Morton Hall and turning it into an apartment!  This section (in my humble opinion) was the “scary part” of the house and should have been used to film horror movies.  It wasn’t much good for much else.  You see, the back section was the original house – therefore the oldest.  It might have had better days, but I never saw them.  The main level is a single room that at one point was used as a kitchen.  The second story consisted of 2 tiny bedrooms and a small hallway.  Access to the second floor from the main level is through a pocket staircase.  In the photo (above), the pocket stairs are on the far right, look to the right of the blue door.  While we consider it charming and unique, it isn’t the most functional passage, especially for a tenant to move furniture to their bedroom.  But I am getting ahead of myself. Continue reading The back section (now known as the rental)

Game Room – Before and After

This here is a story about the game room.  We call it the game room because . . . . well . . . . we name all the rooms in the house and living room was already taken.  Occasionally we even play games in there!

Okay, so back to the story.  This room was in a state of partial restoration for years.  And I mean YEARS!  There wasn’t much to look at, so we didn’t really take many photos.  Here is one that also provides Laurie was working on the plaster for over 5 years.  The room looked like this for a very long time.  We went back and forth – working on this room and then completely ignoring it for years.  It seemed like such a huge amount of work needed to be done and we weren’t seeing much progress.  We had started to become accustomed to projects with more instant gratification. Continue reading Game Room – Before and After