31 October 2007
25 October 2007
An email from Don Somers, detailing progress:
Note new window glass on second level windows. Down spouts now installed. The door with primer has just been restored. More trim painting completed. After today's project meeting, the expectation is to be completed on the exterior by the end of next week. Only door hardware, replacement of the access door to the second floor and interior window priming will remain, and may not be done for a while yet.
Next week will see the water line and storm drain system installed, the parking area will be sculpted and graveled, and concrete poured for the westside platform.
Doug Wasankari and crew brought in the gravel and leveled it in preparation for pouring concrete to create the new loading dock. Doug and the guys do a great job. Meanwhile, painter Dan Tate is on the second story touching up the paint. All the windows are trimmed out in green on the west side now. On the east side, notice that the surrounding area is also being leveled. That's Doug on the machine.
23 October 2007
18 October 2007
The weather has turned blustery, so the painting has slowed to a complete stop. That's the bad news. But the good news is that the roof is all done. A big thank you to Larry Duff and all the Timberworks crew for the hard work and excellent job. Our old depot is looking downright handsome!
12 October 2007
10 October 2007
The shake roof is just about done and it is classy. Meanwhile, for those of you worrying about the doors mistakenly being painted red, take a look! The weather unfortunately is not cooperating, so much of today's work had to come to a standstill by early afternoon.
09 October 2007
Today is the perfect autumn day -- 80 degrees and fall colors to rival anything in New England! Levi Laird is painting the green trim, as Wyatt Strahm and the crew from Timberworks stay focused on nailing down shakes. Project foreman Dan Karel has been replacing some of the rotted shakes on the second story exterior in preparation for that first coat of paint, and the building is looking downright respectable. With continued good weather, painting can start on the upper section, maybe tomorrow. The crews we have on this project are a dedicated bunch and they're taking a lot of pride in this restoration. As part of today's activities, WIMHPG President Don Somers also got a ride in the lift so he could inspect things at close range.
08 October 2007
Today the weather cooperated and painters Levi and Sharma put on the first coat of red paint. It is beautiful. Meanwhile, roofers from Timberworks continue nailing shakes down on the roof, and project foreman Dan tends to other restoration chores. Most people passing through Potlatch are doing a double take on the old depot these days!
06 October 2007
05 October 2007
Work began in earnest in late summer as Doug Wasankari and his crew lifted the building in preparation for the new foundation. Workers were amazed at how sturdy the 100-year-old building actually was.
Hi! My name is Libby and I live in Canada. However, I grew up in a small company town in Northern Idaho called Potlatch. Not a whole lot happens there these days, but one exciting happening is that the old WI&M (Washington, Idaho & Montana) Depot is being restored. This gem of a building has been sitting vacant for several years, losing paint and beginning to sag on both sides. Thanks to a bunch of railroad-obsessed retirees (including my dad), the building is getting a new foundation, new paint job, and new roof. I'm just sad I can't be there to see it! So I've set up this blog to force my dad to keep updates and post photos of the progress. Good luck, Dad! Call me if you have any questions!