Simple Construction


This section of the house was built by church members as a parsonage. Construction depended upon donated labor and materials, which were sometimes of indifferent quality. Workers restoring this house found that the original builders used second-hand barn beams, warped and twisted studs, and other cast-offs which volunteers had no doubt been "eager" to donate to the church.

The stairwell behind this wall exemplifies the rude construction methods employed. The original wall is simply an array of planks, only about an inch thick. Layer after layer of wallpaper accumulated as subsequent pastors and other residents strove to brighten up the house. The remaining original wallcoverings have been preserved behind this "floating" wall.