An unexpected snowy afternoon made for some nice photos to share. The beautiful black wrought iron of the Campbell House fence always looks good in the against the snow. The photos highlight the three unique finials on the fence.
Regular readers and followers will recall that last summer the Campbell House was vandalized and a historic piece of etched glass in our entry doors was smashed. Read more about that here and here.
Thanks to our generous supporters on Twitter and friends on Facebook, we raised almost enough funds to restore the broken piece. It proved to be a difficult task to find an artisan who was willing to take on this complicated project. Thankfully we hired local artist Lea Koesterer who carefully worked through the many challenges this project presented.
A few days ago the restored glass was installed and the results are magnificent. Check out the photos below.
Thank you Lea and all the donors who helped us complete this project. We still have a little more fundraising to do the complete this project. Please consider making a donation below.
Here’s our inaugural Photo Friday. It’s short, but pretty sweet. Enjoy, have a great weekend, and we’ll check back in with you next week.
JoAnn from Kapstan Piano Services came in again yesterday and she continued working on the piano. She’s almost done; just a few more minor repairs and the tuning and we’ll be all set. In the meantime, Andy took some more pictures of the progress:
Our beloved box grand piano is due for a tuning.
It hasn’t been worked on since some of the Campbells were still alive, so we’re easily talking 100 years. Four keys didn’t do anything, and the sound? Three words: Nails. On. Chalkboard. Virginia bought the Schomacker & Co. piano in Philadelphia shortly after the Campbells moved in. The original price was $500, but she got a $25 discount.
We thought if the piano was repaired, cleaned up and tuned, we could host mini concerts in the parlor and have other events where the piano could be featured. (You know, use the piano like the Campbells did.) We want the piano to sound and function as well as it looks.
Today, JoAnn from Kapstan Piano Services came over to begin working on it. Take a look at what she did:
Work is going to continue into next week. Stay tuned (get it?!) for more pictures and hopefully video of the piano in action!