The open house on the 31st (blog post accidentally deleted) went well. Quite a few people dropped by and the studios were ready for them. Old bathtubs, radiator covers and steel tables had gone to recycling
The walks had been swept and the honeysuckle was blooming...
Friends who have been with me from before the beginning were impressed which made me feel good because no matter how much I know I have done it never seems like enough. At least one studio is rented, maybe more. Next week I'm going to do a little video to show the place off.
Really! One more sink to put in, a few dings in the walls to fix and pipes to paint and the first of the studios are ready to rent, toilets and all. They look really good and I am looking forward to a slightly more relaxing schedule as I finish the rest and look for tenants. If you know anyone who needs a studio send them my way
Studio LLE, the largest one finished so far. Here you see most of it's 496 sf seen from the side of the window, and below is the the window
This is LLD, one of the two smallest studios which happened to be the first ones completed.
Tomorrow photos of the public areas.
The roof with the turban still on it, slate gone and tar paper put down.
Six inches of insulation and most of the first side covered with red metal. The turbine is already down here. The guy you can see in the lower left is standing on 12' high stacks of insulation that are taking up my entire back garden (no garden left I'm afraid, 30 years of plantings gone in a week).
This is half the brass turbine from the peak of the theater (there is a big base as well, and a structure to suspend it). It is 54" across at the base and absolutely beautiful, the grace of the lines is astonishing. I am so grateful to Tim Mays who is doing my roof for getting it down without destroying it. They had to do it without a crane and it was not easy to say the least. Now what to do with it?
It has been so beautiful I feel like I want to be cleaning up my garden, which is sadly neglected, or taking a walk in some spectacular part of Fairmount Park. But the building calls. This week (if I am lucky it will only be this week) I am finishing floors. It took me a while to get the hang of the machine again and I have major fans going to keep from losing what few brain cells I have left. I think things are going to look good. The whitewash isn't finished either and it is already looking very good. If only there were six or seven of me instead of only one. And these are only the top of the list of one hundred and six things I need to do. Good thing it is so splendid out, I can stop and sit in the garden for a few minutes and listen to nature, and motorcycles. Back to the floors.
The walls in the lower level are brick and stucco and need paint. I don't want them to peel so I researched white wash. Seemed like a good way to go and I got the ingredients, I mixed it up, I tried to paint it on with brushes, It took forever. I called a paint sprayer company to see if that would work ,they said sure. I rented a sprayer. It did not work at all. I talked to people, I tried rollers, SUCCESS! The simplest is sometimes the best. Then I couldn't get the glue I used so I used another white glue. Total disaster. Four glues later I finally found someone who sells SOBO glue (the first one I used) and I am back in business. Is anything every easy?
Elfie Harris. Marble sculptor, photographer and owner of 47 High Street. I am so excited about this building and the enormous potential it has for the arts community of Germantown and Philadelphia.