Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Up on blocks - Saving the Bimeler House

Today was a big day down in Zoar.  The effort to save the Bimeler House kicked into high gear.  Back during the flood of 2005 and again in 2008, the Bimeler House suffered severe structural damage due to water seeping under the levy and getting into and under the basement of the structure.  The house, built in 1868 and made all of brick and stone, shifted on it's foundation and caused major damage to the structure.  Since then, the house has been closed to the public.  
Taken a few years back

Finally, a plan was put into place to lift the house off of it's old foundation so that a new one could be made.  In order to do that, they had to basically get the house out of the way.  And getting it out of the way they did.

I was speaking with one of the residents while taking pictures tonight.  He said that the stones that were removed from the foundation and basement are all numbered and put aside during this process.  And, if one was stolen or lost, then they are in trouble.  Let's hope they are able to get this fixed quickly.  I'll be posting updates here as I see any changes going on down there.
Of course while we were down in Zoar tonight, we drove around enjoying the colors of fall after the sunset.

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