December 13, 2011

Open to the Stars

Posted in Inside Stone Bank, Renovation tagged , , , , , at 8:47 pm by stonebankblog

Your Stone Bank blogger clambered up the scaffolding and onto the roof today with general contractor Fred Kainz to get a progress report on the removal of roof beams on the back of the Stone Bank.

Great view AND a positive progress report. That’s worth a climb to the roof.

By 4 p.m. today, Fred had liberated all but two of the beams.

demolition, Stone Bank, history, Bottineau, North Dakota

A pile of roof beams covered the floor of the Stone Bank's back room on Tuesday.
At right is the temporary wall that will close the rest of the building this winter.
At top, the stubs of the roof beams remain embedded in the north wall.
The building's back was is at left,
and the Stone Bank blogger is standing on the top of the scaffold -- gulp.

Fred noted that some of the beams were sagging from the weight of many layers of asphalt roofing. But this wipes the slate clean — really clean.

With the beams removed, our stone mason will be able to continue dismantling the stone facade on the back 20 feet of the building. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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.

December 8, 2011

Stone Bank — Take Down That Wall

Posted in Dismantling the back tagged , , , , , , , at 8:17 pm by stonebankblog

For those who said it would be “a cold day in Bottineau” before anything was done about the Stone Bank — you better put on your thermals, because something is happening.

This stuff had to come out of the Stone Bank before the wall can come down.

Interior walls, window trim, a dropped ceiling frame and all kinds of rubble have been removed from the Stone Bank in preparation for dismantling the back of the building.

During the past week, our contractor has been preparing the interior of the building for what comes next.

And that is?
— The roof over the back 20 feet of the structure will be removed.

— The back wall will be pulled down.

— The dismantling of a section of the side wall will continue.
(Not necessarily in that order.)

There is no master plan and untold variables are at play here. Our stone mason and general contractor have a plan and we will see how it all comes together. Or apart!

Any questions? Comment here and we will do our best to get the answers.