The Entry Hall
Sales Office

The following are pictures and descriptions of work done on the entry hall/sales office in the front of the Church. The room's location makes it an ideal sales office, located next to the shop as it is. The room serves many additional functions as well. Receiving and shipping dock, complete with an adjustable loading dock and ramp, elevator shaft to the attic, sales office, entry hall and the first completed room in the building. An anchor point and inspiration for the rest of the project.

Way Back When

The welcome mat is out, soon to be welcoming customers to the sales office in the entry hall.
Welcome Mat

The entry hall remodel has started. Hopefully, a week from now, the room will be patched and painted, have new hatches to the attic "elevator" shaft, and be ready for furnishings. A nice place to come and buy furniture, and stay out of the shop.
Mag Switch

A Few Weeks Later

The ceiling of the entry hall. Part of the new color scheme is visible.

Entry Hall

Another view of the entry hall showing the hatch opening and bell rope.

Entry Hall

The ladder to the attick receiving some paint.


The cargo hatch with it's temporary plywood cover. Without the cover, all the heat in the shop would rush up and out of the bell tower.

Cargo Hatch

The new hatch covers for the cargo hatch. These must be strong enough to serve as a floor in the Projection Room.

Hatch Cover Framing

The hatch covers painted and ready for fitting.

Hatch Covers Painted

A view showing the new color scheme. These colors were chosen to capture the feel of a turn of the century Adirondack Mountain Lodge or cabin. Also to use up some of the hundreds of cans of paint stored on the mezzanine.

Color Scheme

The original church bulletin board, left in place and repainted.

Bulletin Board

The hatch covers in place. A snug fit after some minor trimming.

Hatch Covers

The floor looks a little rough after 130 years of abuse. Probably most of it since I've been here. Underneath is beautiful clear straight grained oak. Just when you think you have most of the tools you need, you don't have a floor sander.


The painting is complete.

Painting Complete

The bell rope back in place. Thirteen turns on that noose. I'm not worried, if anyone tried to hang themselves with it, the bell would be heard for miles around. Kind of a built-in hangin' alarm. It's an OSHA thing.

Entry Hall

The cargo hatch, covered and trimmed and painted. Done.

Hatch Done

Doesn't this look like a great spot to sell furniture?.

Sales Office

Nearly Complete

     The entry hall is very close to becoming the first completed room at the church. The noose has a proper thirteen turns in it, and takes up the excess bell rope. No danger of anyone hanging themselves though, it's attached to the 2850 pound bell. kind of like a built in hangin' alarm. OSHA would approve. The ladder goes to a hatch in the ceiling and leads to the bell tower. The entire center of the ceiling opens up to form an elevator shaft like situation that allows large objects (1975 Honda 750 Super Sport) to be lifted the three floors into the attic with a large double block pulley set salvaged from an old sailing ship and anchored to the bell tower framing with half inch steel cable.

     A collection of surplus prints and such, originally from Graveley Hill ( circa 1640 ) in Burlington New Jersey. Working out the spacing is difiicult enough. Each needs to be hung on a nail carefully inserted into a hole drilled though the 130 year old lathe and plaster. Measuring for each is a tedious process at best. 2

     This chip carved message board was salvaged from the basement of the rectory of the Congregational Church of Stafford Springs Connecticut. It was part of a deal that involved two church organs, one of which was down the basement with the message board. It couldn't have been more difficult if it had been down a well... With Timmy and Lassie.

     A few more prints and paintings ready to go up on the walls. I like a room that can be painted with a 4 inch brush. Just enough to fill in between the frames on the wall. That's an old Ogee mirror facing the camera on the front wall. Beneath it is one of a large collection of old nautical charts purchased for a song from an ignorant antique vendor at Brimfield Massachussets. They were in a box labeled "Marine Maps" and selling for fifty cents each. Most are from the thirties, most are from the New England coast and most have courses plotted on them. "Will ya take ten bucks for the whole mess?" "Sure!" It doesn't get much better than that. 4

     There's always such pleasant light coming through the windows in the front doors in the morning. You can see a small bullet hole in the left door's window. Of course it had to be in the impossible to find (so far) purple glass.

     The green sticky chairs have a home. This pair of chairs is the first furniture I can remember in my life. They're kind of a Danish Modern rocker, covered in army green naugahyde, and probably date from the forties. I encountered them for the first time at my Grandparent's house in Woodbridge New Jersey. Their name comes from my Grandfather having cleaned the back with acetone for some reason, which left them very sticky. More tacky than gooey. When I was three, it was enough to make it difficult to pull my hand away. They're very slightly sticky even now. I may try some more acetone soon. 6

A Great Great development in the entry hall.

     The newly completed entry hall. Looking at the message board, and prints from Gravely Hill.

     The message board, looking forward towards the front doors. The top print to the left of the door is the Good Speed Opera House in Haddam Connecticut. The second print is Wethersfield Cove, off of the Connecticut River in Wethersfield Connecticut. Both prints are by the same Connecticut artist. The bottom is an old old ogee mirror. 25

     Elisa Jane Ford, and Robert Hamilton, my great great grandparents.

     Their daughter, my great grandmother Betty Mae Hamilton. 27

     The Gravely Hill prints on the wall at last. The spacing isn't perfect... But it's good enough for me. The eagle in the upper left corner was painted by me when I was eight or nine, from a kit. The farm scene, second row down, second one in from the left, was also one of mine, from age six or seven.

     Reinforcing the frames in the ceiling above then entry hall to support the weight of a large block and tackle, salvaged from an old sailing ship. The original ceiling was 16 feet high. It was divided in two levels about eighty years ago to conceal damage to the tin ceiling from leaks in the original bell tower, which was blown down in the hurricane of '38. The new tower was built with timbers salvaged from the original, although this one is a good deal more weather tight. 29

     The block and tackle, to be used strictly for decorative purposes, weighs about 40 pounds. It was purchased, interestingly enough, from an antique shop in an old church in East Hampton Connecticut. That shop has some original Ringling Brothers Circus banners on canvas hanging from the ceiling. A tiger jumping through a flaming hoop, the dog faced boy.. And more. Imagine what those are worth now!

Finishing Touches.

     You can't finish an entry hall without a walk past the lake to watch the sunset now can you. Remember, there's still a Cottage For Sale just up the road from here. This one is very near the Original Cottage for sale listed in the real-estate section of issue number twenty. Some of the nicest Sunsets I've witnessed have happened here. 10 people could have a nice little time-share lake side cottage out of the deal.

     The last few pieces went up on the walls in the Entry hall today. This hundred year old time clock, and candle holder finish up the corner beneath Miss Hamilton. 2

     The block and tackle might seem like a primative addition to the slightly sophisticated tone of the rest of the room, but I enjoy the contrast.

     It serves as a reminder that this space doubles as a loading and receiving dock, sales office for the wood shop, and elevator shaft to the attic, all with the oriental rug and coffee table moved of course. 4

     Houston... The Eagle has landed. This eagle was what I wanted for Christmas when I was five. I spotted it in the Sears catalog and couldn't live without it. I'm glad I still have it... And I'm glad it has a proper home now.

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