February 9, 2013
Meet Fred, Bobbi and Joe.
Contractor. Architect. Stone Mason.
They are helping us get it done on the Stone Bank. We’ve got a lot to accomplish in 2013, putting a foundation under the back 20 feet of the building and then rebuilding that section. We have saved the stone and will reuse it for the facade. It is going to be SO COOL to have a working, snazzy building of hand-hewn stone on Main Street.
We still need to raise the money to finish the roof over the rebuilt section. The cost of extending the new roof is $4,000. Can you help? There’s a PayPal and a Razoo link on the right side of this page, and we are always ecstatic when someone takes the plunge. You won’t be sorry. In fact, your donation makes you a member of the Stone Bank family, and we are rock solid. So, thanks in advance.
If you see Fred, Bobbi or Joe, give ’em a wink and a nod and wish them well as they work to make this dream come true.
Thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog.
December 14, 2011
The Stone Bank has been rather obtuse as we try to find its history. Available records are vague, pictures are rare and there is no cornerstone to tell us exactly when it was built. (Sometime before 1900.)
But our general contractor Fred Kainz found a clue in the rafters as he was dismantling a section of the roof.
It involves a flap of roofing tar paper and a row of 2×4’s at almost exactly the spot where the back of the building has begun to sink.
This is also where the nice stone foundation ends and the dugout part of the basement begins. Hmmm. This must be where an extension of the building was tacked on. Or stoned on.
Here’s a video of Fred describing the change in the roof.
December 7, 2011
The weather cooperated — as much as the weather in North Dakota can (not much precipitation) — and Skinner Roofing reported today that they have completed work on the first 60 feet of the Stone Bank’s roof.
Tim Skinner also reported that they found a lot of problems under the old asphalt roof, and said that his crew “stepped through the roof in four or five spots.”
So, there will be a bill for extra time and materials, because the roofers made sure there was a solid foundation under the new roof.
Doesn’t it just look better?
It is wonderful progress, but we a facing a cost overrun. If you are a Stone Bank supporter, your tax-deductible contribution will help pay for this lovely new roof.
December 5, 2011
Following are pictures of the Stone Bank’s roof in a sort of “before and after” scenario. The “before” pictures were taken on July 12, 2011 — when our nonprofit was deciding to take on this project in earnest. The “after” pictures were taken Dec. 2, 2011, after two-days’ work by the crew from Skinner Roofing.
This expensive and necessary roofing work would not have been possible without a grant from the State Historical Society of North Dakota and a zero-percent loan from the Bottineau EDC.
Our thanks to Scott Wagar for these photos.
November 30, 2011
Away with the ancient, leaking roof! And on with a new top for the Stone Bank.
The roofers arrived today to pull up the old roof.
After structural repairs are made, they will lay down and attach 6 inches of insulating foam and put a rubber T.O.P. membrane up there.
The seams of the membrane are heat-sealed — and thus, when the back 20 feet of the Stone Bank building are rebuilt — the rebuilt section’s roof can be attached to the new roof.
This part of the bank is going to be dismantled — but this photo shows what can happen when water does its thing with a roof … and stone … and mortar.
Today, Skinner Roofing is going to take the old roof off the front 60 feet of the Stone Bank and install insulation and a rubber membrane to keep the water out.
And that roof membrane is going to be wrapped up around the top of the parapet to keep the moisture out.
We are pleased, pleased, pleased to report this progress.
November 28, 2011
Racing the weather, we are going to get the roof on the front 60 feet of the Stone Bank replaced this week.
Seriously, this isn’t happening a minute too soon. Water, snow, rain — whatever — is causing serious damage to the building’s interior and it is causing damage inside the stone walls.
So, this week, Skinner Roofing of Grand Forks will tear off the old asphalt roofing and install six inches of insulation (foam) and put a rubber roof over the top.
That means much better energy efficiency and no more leaks. Whoo-eee.
The rubber membrane will be pulled up over the parapet to hold out moisture. Eventually, we will have a new concrete cap installed along the parapet — but that’s for another time. Right now, our goal is to stop moisture from causing more damage.
This picture is what happened inside the back of the building from a leaking roof. That part of the structure is being dismantled.
Funny, we are dismantling and repairing simultaneously.