Monday, July 25, 2016
Railings for the Wrap Around Porch
This past week/weekend Jon installed new rails for the wrap around front porch. View looking west
He installed the stair posts and rails first.
It's been so suffering hot/humid, Jon works a little bit each night. At some point in the future, Jon will trim a little off the tops of the posts to add four caps and finials that I purchased.
Back in 2009--My Mom Lorraine and I repaired the salvaged/decaying spindles from the original porch railing design. Even after we labored to repair missing areas with wood putty--in the end the spindles were wafer brittle and dehydrated/light weight, feeling more like cardboard replicas after 120+ years of exposure. Jon chose to replicate the original rail moldings, and present the vertical styles without the spindles.
Standing L-R: Leon Pasternacki and his wife Bessie Pauline (Quien) Pasternacki, Donna Quien, Ruth Quien, and Ragnhild Quien. Seated is Maren (Gurholt) Quien.
Photo: our front porch modified into a screened in porch - about 1938. Maren's husband Thomas is missing from the photo, and looking at the young Donna Quien center, I'll guess this photo was taken August 1938 at a gathering after the funeral of Thomas Quien.
This photo shows the front porch's original railing, spindles, and vertical pieces.
Maren Quien and her husband Thomas Quien bought the house December 1917, and lived