DH Article/Have you seen our window?

July 19, 2006 at 5:33 pm (732 Walnut Updates)

Rod and Kate with Stained GlassThe Albany Democrat-Herald ran another full-page color article about our crazy house project. This feature focuses on two of the three stained glass windows that are back where they belong. Click here for the full article.

One critical element we wanted to stress is that the third stolen stained glass window has NOT been found. Instead, Pastime Antiques in downtown Albany, sold it to someone before we came along. We spoke to the owner and she vaguely recalls selling it in late April or early May for $65.We were hoping the person who bought the window might read the article and realize it’s from the same house and contact us. Sadly, this crucial point didn’t get conveyed in the article. So, now, we’re reaching out to you!

We know this is a stretch, but if anyone reading this blog purchased a window like this at Pastime Antiques, could you please contact us? The window is 52-inches wide and the bottom portion to the window you see in the picture above. However, has a stained glass border with a clear center. It will have flaking green exterior paint, with a layer of white paint underneath. The window’s interior paint color is a faded yellowish gold with distinctive mold splotches. Of course, we would gladly pay you in excess of what you paid for the window to be back home. It’s been the centerpiece of the Wright House for over 100 years and would complete the search for the missing windows. The DH has been great about promoting the restoration of the Wright House even before we acquired it in April. In fact, we found out about the house being available after a feature story was written in January. Click here to read the January article. All in all it was another well-written article, we just hope the person who has the still-missing window will somehow hit this blog, realize what they have and reach out to us!

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7/10:Basement Cleanup & the Fallout Shelter

July 10, 2006 at 5:21 pm (732 Walnut Updates)

Basement JunkIt was lots of fun cleaning up the basement these past few days.  Lots of junk, stacks of newspapers dating to the Nixon administration and nearly 100 empty glass jugs that once contained apple cider.  Did I mention the previous owner was a bit of a pack rat?  Clearing the Basement

Didn’t find anything of value in the basement, so we can officially call off the search for the bars of silver or diamonds rumored to be hidden somewhere.
 
Just after we bought the house, we had two seperate people stop by to ask about a “fallout shelter” or “bunker” buried below the garage. Fallout Shelter When I asked the previous owner about this rumor going around, he just laughed.  One guy actually said he has “a friend who has seen the bunker”, and that there is “definitely a Jeep inside it.” Jeep
 
I think the story has been embellished over the years.  The basement area does have thicker than necessary concrete walls and we did uncover 18 cases of military rations dated Nov. 1963, but that’s as far as it goes.  No fallout shelter, and certainly no Jeep. 

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6/28: Mom and Dad, Maddie Jo and the Beavers

July 5, 2006 at 8:03 pm (732 Walnut Updates)

Dad HelpingKate’s dad came down to visit.  He also pitched in on the project house.  Thank you, Stephen!
 Brenda at the House
Rod’s mom spent a few days with us as well.  It was great having her down for a visit and she was able to see inside the house for the first time. 
 
Our youngest daughter, Maddie Jo (14 months), had a fever on Monday so we took the day off to be with her.  By midday she was much better, so it was off to Uncle Markie’s house to watch the College World Series Championship game. 

OSU NCAA ChampsOur good friend Mark Hammer has a big screen AND it’s in High Definition, so it was a no-brainer to watch Oregon State win the national title there.  It was a tight ballgame the whole way, but OSU pulled it out 3-2.  Go Beavers!

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