Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Burgman Building: Staircase rework begins

We are starting the staircase rework phase as part of our restorations. Essentially the primary entrance to the property was via simple street door and straight 22 steps upstairs. Not a proper Victorian entrance befitting the residence above the shop.

So the plan is to take the old side storefront and shop entrance and reconfigure the front part into a new entrance hall and formal entry parlor and a private doorway to our shop office.

The stair reconfiguration will involve elimination of the current old door entrance which will be filled in and replaced with a large stained glass landing window higher up. A landing area is created four steps up. an alcove it created with a window seat. The stairway is opened up to the room and is turned to create a more grand entrance. To the right of the stairs a custom deep bookcase is created and will have a marble top for display of  a large sculpture.  Also added to the space is a new angled gas fireplace which will feature a slate mantle and gilded over mantle mirror

This process has involved the removal of plaster, removal of bead board a transom window and ultimately a doorway and reframing of the space. It is also giving us an opportunity to fix some air infiltration from the crawlspace and tighten things up

The opening up of the stairs really improves the light to the space as you come down. Once the wall studs are removed and new header installed, it will be really nice

Slow and methodical work but we are making progress,

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Burgman Building: Project updates, Rear storefront work

Much of the wood ceiling was removed in front, fortunately this is the new residential entry area and will be redone in drywall with  Bradbury papers.
The rear storefront are has been crying for attention and the fact that we need the space for expansion of our antiques business has accelerated work on it.

All those drain line have to be redone as too
One of the problems is that this space was hurriedly done years ago and  we have to force ourselves to slow done and see its done right and years of "Billy Boy contractors" work is erased and replaced with proper restore.

One of those things has involved removal of several large HVAC collectors hung precariously on the ceiling. This one was dangerously close to the side storefront window and needed to be removed carefully so as not to destroy a 2000.00 plate glass window. We determined the safest way was to use a drywall lift and bungie it to it so be could carefully lower it. Took about two hours but its on the ground now and our window is safe! So glad we bought that lift, it has more than paid for itself.

Just a  little material for a new wall
So now we have to do  wood ceiling repairs in the rear part of the building and we have to create the new formal entry hall and downstairs reception parlor for the home upstairs. One of the first things we have to do is get the partition wall back in that divides the residential entry space from the commercial and unlike before (with an 8 ft. wall and dropped ceiling), this will be a full length (12ft) wall.

Now to just locate two sets of double entry doors, hire a brick mason to build a proper column on the side storefront/entry...little things like that.

More to come.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Burgman Building: "Devinyling" and bath renovations

We have been so busy with the shop and regular Facebook posts. Yes we have a Facebook page too that we realize we haven't done any updates.

The garage is looking 1000 percent better  since we yanked the vinyl off the façade.

The yellow vinyl was awful and took be  just a little over 20 minutes to remove.

The condition of the wood under it is exceptional and we didn't have much caulking and filling to do. Why anyone would cover this wonderful 100 yr old wood is a mystery to me.

Of course we still have to paint the door and trim but the real news is.......the carriage house will be converted to a new storefront and that store front will house a new Coffee shop next spring!!! We think it will be a great addition to our business and something the neighborhood really needs. We are planning on creating nice period style façade that will blend with the 1884 Italianate Building. Just one more thing to make us a destination.

Inside things have been humming along as well. The original bathroom was partially taken over by the upstairs furnace years ago, that meant it had a dropped ceiling and looked like ...well, not good. The new plan (because it is a big space is to make two baths, A 1/2 bath which will be accessed off the hallway (as original ) and  new bath that will service our guest room. That bath will have a regular 8 foot ceiling and will allow us the space to crafts a new furnace room above it which will feed the attic vents, so we have been removing the old dropped ceiling and exposing the old bead board. This will be drawn out winter project and there will be more to come

The nice thing is that the transom actually can be seen in the bathroom now.

Of course with fall here and weather permitting we are still painting the store façade.

More to come.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Preservation Day at the Burgman

LtoR: Paul Willham, Greg Drake, John Shiflet, Paul Hayden
Some very dear friends of our John and Debra Shiflet from FT Worth Texas came to visit Greg and I as part of their annual "architecture vacations". John is the Moderator of VICARR a group dedicated to the discussion and sharing of information about houses and structures of the Victorian era. They were I town to look at two Victorian Homes for sale as they have their own home for sale and are looking for their next project as they head into retirement.

Paul Hayden and I discuss the history of a slate mantle in the shop

Paul Hayden from Indiana Landmarks joined us, and after we explored two great homes, we came back to the Burgman building.
Greg with Debra Shiflet in front of the Burgman Building

I gave them a tour of the building and we all sat down in the Persian parlor to discuss the homes we had toured and Preservation in general. It was a great way to spend the day and we were pleased to show off Historic Logansport to experts in the field.
Discussing the history and paintings in the Persian parlor
We hope to host more Preservationists in the future as we show off the incredible architecture that Logansport offers.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Burgman Building: Some more history revealed

People just keep stopping in and telling us their stories about this Burgman Building. We met some former neighbors who were present when the 'big auction' was held years ago after Mr. Burgman died. The furnishings were quite elegant and dealers came from all over to bid. He talked about the copper  tub that was in the back building they drug out from under a bunch of stored stuff. The star of the auction was a 1959 Chevrolet that was in the garage and had been sitting for years. I wish I could go back in time for that one as I'd be outbidding  everyone for that one (it sold for 1200.00!)

Another elderly lady was telling me she attended one of Mr. Burgman's parties years ago when  she was quite young. The front Persian Parlor was emptied out and used for dancing. I imagine it was quite the elegant affair. This home and building has so many happy memories for so many people.

The big find was gentleman who stopped by to show me his Burgman memorabilia . He had an original Burgman  Billhead from 1908 and a Burgman Beer bottle.

Speaking of bottles, we cleaned out the cellar under the saloon and have bunch of old bottles. We are keeping a couple but will clean up the rest and sell in eth shop. These are great old green and amber glass bottles.

Business has been great and the number of people coming through our doors exceeded my expectation's. The next push will be to glaze windows for winter and get the back shop space ready for us to expand and offer more inventory.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Burgman Building: Opening Day! Victorian Antiquities & Design

We are open! and the opening day coincided with an article in the local paper See here , meaning we made a lot of new friends as people came by to check us out.

We spiffed up the front of the building, converting the grassy area to mulch. Eventually this will be fully landscaped

Some of our lighting selection
For the last few days we have been teasing people with our inventory on facebook.
Clocks, clocks...we have clocks
Silver galore

One of our cornices

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Burgman Building: Projects as opening day nears.

We are getting very close to our official opening day. One of the last hurdles, our state tax certificate finally arrived. Things are getting priced and polished and things move along.

One of the things I had to do was get our rear door open. It had been shut for who knows how many years. It was screwed, nailed and even silicone.

If you note the screened door and the way over the years they had to add a fitter because of the wear on the limestone step.

Meantime things are moving along upstairs with the hallway, its come along way from the lattice ceilings days. Today we had a local reporter interviewing abut our upcoming opening and work done to date on the building.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Charmed life of Historic Homes: A Historic Rossette come home 22 Yrs Later!

Historic Buildings often go through great trials and tribulations in their life. Many get lost by the wayside, demoed to progress their beauty and secrets lost forever. The Burgman Building has certainly been a treasure to us,  having spent years saving many "lost cause" buildings from demo. The completeness of the building and most importantly its decorative frescoes are a source of enjoyment as we proceed with the buildings restoration and conservation.

With any building there are always some missing things and such is the case with our building. We have remarkable window cornices but one was missing both its zinc rosettes and another one was missing one. These are not the sort of thing you just find on Ebay or go to your local hardware store and replace. In fact I had resigned myself to probably having to cast duplicates which is a long process.

We made the acquaintance of the man who supervised the façade restoration on the building back in the 1990's last week and we recent spent an afternoon with him getting as much history as we could from him. He is 73 and winding down a bit. He mentioned somewhere in all his stuff, was some pieces to our building, Well today he rang the doorbell and in his hand was box  with three zinc Rosette's. One original and two reproductions .

You just can't get these at a hardware store
The box was from the WF Norman CO of Nevada MO and the postmark on the box was Aug 3, 1993!

The original on the right in this photo
One of the rosette's had been taken off and shipped out to be duplicated or matched, It had been sent back but in eth confusion of restoration these missing pieces got misplaced and were never installed.

And now that original Rosettes and his two duplicates are back home 22 yrs.' and 7 days later Reunited with the Burgman Building. The gods of preservation are looking out for this building!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Antique-of-the-week: A clawfoot tub shower surround!

You know you want a shower!
As you know if you have  a claw foot tub you may long for the occasional shower but those reproduction shower enclosures for your claw foot tub start at about 600.00  and quickly run up to 1500. If you have tall ceilings you need the longer extension rods too and it all adds up!

Shower head can be replaced with a waterfall or a handheld
Faucet is the dual mixer single hole
Well we have one! It came with the house and as part of our bathroom renovations we are planning on a separate steam shower so this one is for sale.  The great thing here is that we have 12 foot ceilings in that room so you have the extra long rod PLUS, because of where they put it, the extension rods are both longer than normal. The actual shower enclosure (where the shower curtain hangs) is 42 inches so it will fit any tub size. Faucet comes with it and its the single hole type. I went on line and priced out the cheapest repro I could find with all the rods and stuff you would need to duplicate this and it would be over 700 bucks.

Log rod off end is adjustable or can be cut
Our price is 350.00 and this wont last long (especially if we put it in the shop when we open, and it will be a much higher price).

Side rod is longer too.

Contact me at victiques@gmail.com . It can be picked up in Logansport and we are happy to store it for a reasonable time (couple weeks) while you make arrangements. We accept Paypal and credit cards too.