demolish de·mol·ish (dəˈmäliSH) verb 1. to destroy (as a building) completely by knocking down or breaking to pieces. The town has scheduled will demolish that old building with an implosion.
deconstruct de·con·struct (dēkənˈstrəkt) verb 1. to identify and examine the basic elements or parts of especially for discovering interrelationships. 2. To take apart or examine in order to reveal the basis or composition. 3. To adapt or separate the elements of for use in an ironic or radically new way. The family decided to deconstruct the old home and re-purpose the land it is on.
She grew up in the farmhouse across the road. It was built in 1770 by her farming ancestors when they came to Temple, NH, a town that was founded only a few years prior. Someone in her family lived there for most of the last 230 years, but for the last several it has stood empty. Sadly, there were no family members interested in the old beauty and no buyers either. Instead of letting it be occupied by someone who wouldn’t care for it or letting it sit empty, she decided to have it deconstructed so that others could enjoy at least the parts they needed.
Deconstruction Works, a contractor in West Dummerston, Vermont, took on the job. At ReHouse we are able to remove kitchen cabinets, built-ins, flooring, trim, doors, and windows from homes locally. At Deconstruction Works they are able to take apart an entire house, remove everything, and find customers who need each piece.
Having worked with us before they kindly let us know about the project and gave us the opportunity to claim a few pieces to bring back to Rochester. We wanted to share with you some photos, and a bit of the house’s history to go with them.
Temple, NH is, according to Wikipedia, “a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,366 at the 2010 census. In 1758, Maj. Ephraim Heald and his (family), were among the first settlers. Peter Heald is generally considered to be the founder of Temple. In 1768, it was incorporated by colonial Governor John Wentworth, who named it after his lieutenant governor, John Temple. Temple Glassworks was founded here in 1780 by Robert Hewes of Boston. By 1859, the town’s population was 579, when Temple had two sawmills, one gristmill, and a tannery. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,297 people, 440 households, and 347 families residing in the town. ”
Although I do not know who the original owner of the home was, we do know that he was one of the first settlers in Temple. As you can see from these illustrations of 3 early Temple homes, the style was very typical of the period. These are from The History of Temple, NH by Henry Ames Blood.
Please scrape your boots before coming inside for a tour.
Welcome to the parlor. This room is a perfect example of the home’s interior decor. The floors are wide spruce boards which were almost certainly cut on the property. The woodwork is all natural in this room which is so beautiful. Too bad wallpaper is too hard to save. The fireplace itself is brick painted white; more on that in a bit.
deconstruction of the parlor – photos by Deconstruction Works
Here is our almost authentic 1770s parlor vignette. We have the paneling, mantle, built-in, and doors at ReHouse. They are all available for sale as of 7.16.18. Here are the details from left to right.
- built-in cupboard, pine, two 2-paneled doors, with wood knobs and brass toggle latches, 6 shelves total inside, 50″ wide x 86″ high x 20″ deep, item number #100953, $1425.
- mantel and fireplace surround with upper panel, natural pine, simple detail, 71.5″wide x 85″ high, mantel is 50.75″ from floor, opening is 54″x45,” item number #101678, $535.
- paneling to the right of fireplace, 4 panel, pine, floor to ceiling, 45″ wide x 85″ high, #101679, $125.
- interior doors, we have several, most are natural on one side and painted on the other, 4 panel pine, about 1″ thick, all include traditional wrought iron latches, 29-30″wide x 76-78″ high, various item numbers, $75-80 each.
I hope you will come back for Part 2 next week. We’ll leave the latch string out for you.