New Work on the Building

Our apartment residents are all settled in, but work is continuing on the building. In particular, the rooftop cabins are beginning to see new beds. The beds, made by Chad Dickinson of Dickinson by Design, are made from the same lath that we used to line the walls of the cabins (you may recall that the lath came from behind the original plaster walls). Here’s a picture of one of the beds. When you look at it, keep in mind that the whitish panel in the headboard will soon be covered in fabric.

Cabin bed and platform

You’ll see some round white knobs lining the headboard posts. These were among the hundreds of white knobs we found underground when we dug out the foundation of the elevator tower. We suspect they came from a house that had resided on the property long ago. What they were doing with this number of knobs we may never know. You might also notice brown ceramic tubes on the headboard. These were harvested in the deconstruction from the electrical system. These tubes carried the electrical wires through them when the wires had to penetrate the wood, like a stud, to prevent fires. Here’s a close-up of the tubes and knobs.

Knobs and rods

Down in the basement, Sam and Ben, both finish woodworkers, have been hard at work making the bunk beds for both the men’s and women’s hostel rooms. The beds will eventually have rods and curtains that will give guests privacy.

Bink beds in women's

Up one floor, Sam and Ben have also been working on the reception desk. The desk is bordered by 2 half-walls, one fixed and one movable. The desk itself also opens up or closes, allowing us to close up the space if we need the space for an event. Take a look. The first picture shows the desk ready to use; the second shows it closing.

Parlor work desk

Parlor reception desk open

Finally, I thought I’d include a view of the parlor from the reception desk. It has become a comfortable place for residents to have their morning coffee or do a bit of work.

View of parlor from reception desk