March 2013 Happenings at Habitat for Humanity
In March, the Habitat for Humanity crew worked on a house on North Parade Road, which is right off Martin Luther King Park. In fact, the park was right across the street from the house! You can imagine that back in the day only a very fancy house would have had such a nice location. And, indeed, we found that it had a very fancy domed ceiling with detailed ornamentation, as you can see in the photo. The center had a flower design with yellow rope to each corner, then a black wave formation around the edges.
One of the fun things about Habitat is that as we rehabilitate old houses, you sometimes find details of wonderful craftsmanship not common in houses today. We've found old newspapers dating back to the 1910's and 1920's, old tools, and many personal items left behind by residents from long ago. It really gives you a sense of history and a feel for the many people who lived in the homes over the years.
This month our task was to frame in the ceiling. Unfortunately, the beautiful domed ceiling will be covered by drywall. The time and expense to restore it would drive the cost of the house too high for the new resident. On the other hand, the building is getting a new family who will live there and appreciate having a home of their own for many years.
Every month at Habitat brings something different in the way of new jobs, new houses, and being surprised by what we find in each building. You're invited to join us . . . no special skills or tools required! We work on the third Saturday of each month. If you'd like to know more, please contact Ed Howard.
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