February 6, 2012

Open Your Heart to the Stone Bank

Posted in Friends of Stone Bank, History, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 3:38 pm by stonebankblog

Your Stone Bank blogger is working on the Stone Bank’s finances — and, well, our project is running on empty.

We had cost overruns with roofing and the dismantling of the back of the building. And we want to pay our contractors!

Can you give us a boost? Any amount will help and for anyone contributing $50 or more, your Stone Bank blogger will throw in a nifty and stylish Stone Bank T-shirt! (But, quantities are limited, so don’t dawdle.)

Stone Bank T-shirt

Our rockin' Stone Bank T-shirt! You should have one!

Go to http://StoneBank.org for our PayPal link or send a check to Touchstones, Inc. at 511 Ohmer St. in Bottineau, ND 58318.

(T-shirts come in women’s and men’s styles.)

Thanks for your interest in the Stone Bank!

February 1, 2012

Inspired by Machu Picchu

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 1:58 pm by stonebankblog

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu taken from the start of the trail that leads UP to the Sun Gate.

Your Stone Bank blogger is just back from a trip to Peru — talk about stonework!

The Inca genius for stacking stone is AWESOME (an overused word and perfect in this case) Truly, Machu Picchu is awe-inspiring, breathtaking, incredible, dazzling.

The Incas are gone — but their buildings stand and bear witness to the fact that building with stone is building to last — a very long time.

Here’s a brief slideshow of our day at Machu Picchu.

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If you are interested in travel to Peru, check out Art Andes. Melanie Ebertz has been traveling and working in Peru since 1985. Here’s a link to her website.

December 7, 2011

Stone Bank’s New Top

Posted in Roof tagged , , , , , , at 1:32 pm by stonebankblog


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.”

This part of the roof needed a little extra attention from the roofing crew. There were several places where the roofing was rotted through.

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?

The front 60 feet of the Stone Bank's roof is complete. The section of the building to the right of the chimney is being dismantled. When it is rebuilt next year, it will get a shiny new roof, too.

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.

October 24, 2011

Preservation ROCKS!

Posted in Updates tagged , , , at 3:01 am by stonebankblog

The Stone Bank project now has a Stone Bank blog! We will post updates here as work to restore and find an adaptive reuse for the Stone Bank building moves forward. Join us as we uncover this historic landmark’s past and create a new role for it on Bottineau’s Main Street.

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