Archive | 5:18 pm

Historic English Pub Under Threat

31 Mar

If you’re in the Springfield area, you probably followed the story of the Allis Mansion on the grounds of Mercy Hospital and how the Springfield Preservation Trust managed to forestall the demolition of the building through a petition and news coverage.

There’s a similarly-threatened early 19th century pub in England that a local museum (YES, A MUSEUM!!) wants to demolish in order to construct a modern concrete and glass restaurant. Historic preservation is important everywhere — even if you’ll never step foot in England, it’s very important that the built environment and the lives that passed through those buildings is remembered and preserved. Here’s a blog post about the situation and here’s a petition to save the Marquis of Landsdowne.¬†They need 900+ more votes, please take a moment to sign the petition if preservation and history matter to you.

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Waterworld! 2013

31 Mar

One of the unexpected outcomes about owning an old house is that you get to learn quite a lot about home maintenance and the history of home construction.

In other words, I’ve got some leaking pipes.

There are two (at least) spots where the 140 year old cast iron waste pipe is leaking. I thought it would have to be replaced as part of the installation of the new bathroom, but the plumber assured me it was sound. He was wrong. It’s cracking up. Sigh. It could always be worse. So a new plumber is coming to assess the sitch tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are some photos of the innermost part of the chase, which are a bit of a walk through history. Lead pipes (yup, that’s right), the cast iron waste, some copper water pipes, and the strangely located hanging electric wire (live) that’s now dripping with water. Not safe. Don’t dangle wires next to water pipes, kids.

Cracked waste pipe on 3rd floor

Cracked waste pipe on 3rd floor

Window to the pipes in Butler's Pantry Closet

Window to the pipes in Butler’s Pantry Closet

Cast iron waste pipe, copper water pipes LEAD water pipes and braided electrical cord in the chase (seen from BP wall window)

Cast iron waste pipe, copper water pipes LEAD water pipes and braided electrical cord in the chase (seen from BP wall window)

Looking up the chase

Looking up the chase

Some odds and ends

31 Mar

I managed to do a big glass switcheroo (after dropping and shattering the glass in this framed poster) and hang this great vintage London Underground poster in the toilet compartment. Also got a new towel bar (featured under the nice blue hairdryer Elaine gave me — thanks, Elaine!). So this is it — bathroom is done and it looks great. And it works. Let’s focus on that for the moment.

Picture hanging in loo cube

Picture hanging in loo cube

Towel bar

Towel bar