By Randy Earp
A huge thank you to everyone that participated in the Home Tour 2002 and to those of you that took the time to take a peek at the past. As a member and a docent, I started the day thinking that I knew many things pertinent to the Morrell House. I looked forward to imparting this knowledge on the people visiting the old house. As the day went on, I began to realize that many of the people taking the tour were bringing as much information to me as I was offering to them. This was a very rewarding experience. I met many people who are interested in helping with the renovation of the Morrell House.
In the upcoming member newsletters I will be updating you on the progress of the renovation project. You will gain a better perspective of “what’s going on” in the old house. I’ll give you the ups and downs, the hits and misses, and, maybe, a humorous story or two.
We decided to put the Morrell House on the tour so you could get a look at the house during the renovation phase. Our goal is to have the house finished and ready for the next historical home tour in 2004. Once finished, this beautiful home will be made available for various community events and festivities.
While many of the projects have been done, there is still much to do. About seventy-five percent of the plumbing and electrical have been replaced with hardware that meets current building code. A sprinkler type fire suppression system has been installed throughout the house (even in the attic!).
We are currently waiting for the city to draw up the plans for a handicap access restroom as well as a wheelchair ramp which should tuck in nicely with a new back porch and entry. Once the plans are complete, it will be time to roll up our sleeves, get to work and have some fun. Some of the work will go out for bid to local contractors but our members and volunteers will handle much of the work. So, the next time you drive by the Morrell House, it may look the same on the outside (a paint job IS on the “honey-do” list) but inside the dust will be flying!
In closing, I want to thank all of you for your continued support both now and over the years. Without your help and interest, our efforts would be much more difficult, if not impossible.