February 6, 2013

Stone Bank on TV

Posted in Bottineau, Endangered buildings, Inside Stone Bank, Updates, Videos tagged , , , at 2:13 pm by stonebankblog

KX News stopped by the Stone Bank last week and did a nice overview story about the restoration project.

News anchor Perry Olson of  KXMC-TV in Minot, ND, introduces a story about the Stone Bank.

News anchor Perry Olson of KXMC-TV in Minot, ND, introduces a story about the Stone Bank that aired on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

If you’re a new follower of this blog, take a few minutes to scroll through our old posts to see how far the project has come.

In 2013, our goal is to raise the back of the building over a new foundation and begin working to restore the interior. We are always happy to hear from our readers. Tell us what you think.

Thanks KX for taking an interest in the Stone Bank project and thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog.

 

January 14, 2013

Pushing the Boulder

Posted in Dismantling the back, Endangered buildings, Stone Quotes, Updates, Videos tagged , , , at 1:33 pm by stonebankblog

Historic restoration isn’t an easy road. It’s rugged, and, yet, rugged roads often  lead to the highest reward. That’s how we feel about the  Stone Bank Project.

Here’s a quote from Paul Graham, an entrepreneur, on the value of an idea (or purpose).

The founders who do the best are the type of people who just refuse to fail. Most startups have at least one low point where any reasonable person would give up…. The only people who get through it are the ones who have an unreasonable aversion to failing.

That’s pretty much how we feel about the Stone Bank Project — we are going to see this through. PERIOD.  We are really pleased by a recent uptick in donations. It’s great to have some other cockeyed optimists join the effort.

Mark Briggs puts it this way:

Developing a great idea into a successful business is like pushing a boulder up a hill. The best entrepreneurs — those who successfully reach the top — get to watch the boulder roll down the other side.

Mr. Briggs is writing about business and entrepreneurship — but historic restoration projects — like the Stone Bank — are also a form of entrepreneurship.

So, we are pushing the boulder up the hill — indeed — our stone mason is actually moving boulders to bring the Stone Bank back to life.  Check out this video about moving stone!

By this time next year? We hope to be watching that boulder tumble down the other side. We hope you are there to help us give it the last shove.

Here’s a great video from the day our contractor began pulling down the Stone Bank’s back wall. It’s all up from here.

Thanks for joining us on our journey and thanks for your continued support.

December 11, 2011

What’s Going on Here?

Posted in Dismantling the back, Videos tagged , , , , at 12:22 pm by stonebankblog

Link to video of the demolish of the Stone Bank back wall

VIDEO: It really is addition by subtraction. The Stone Bank's back wall is coming down so we can get at the foundation and fix it. It's not pretty -- but it must be done.