The Laundry Building behind the Roseboro was built in 1932. Three stories tall, its terra cotta block has a concrete facade, much like a frescoed villa in Italy. It also has steel beam construction throughout. There is beautiful wainscoting on the main floor and concrete slab floors that held steam operated laundry equipment. Some of the equipment was later converted to electric and all of the machinery is still in there. (I sure wish I could find a museum who would take this equipment!)
An article came out today in the Times-Journal about the Roseboro Project. Click HERE to read.
We continue to make progress on assessing renovation costs. Project Manager, Gary O’Connor, met today with the sprinkler company folks to do an assessment of the sprinkler system throughout the Roseboro. Most all of it needs to be replaced at some point. They need to do pressure tests and backwash procedures before they can complete their full assessment.
Gary is also drawing up plans to remodel the bathrooms off the lobby. We plan to keep the 1930’s urinals but need to bring the restrooms up to code. We want to put in nicer, larger stalls with full length doors and updated fixtures. This is one of the first steps in the renovation project before we will open the restaurant.
There are definitely two schools of thought when it comes to restoring old elevators. As many of you know, there is currently a 1939 Otis Elevator in the lobby of the Roseboro. It has 7 stops because the Howland House and the Roseberg Hotel were at different levels when they were connected together. The elevator door opens at a different side depending on which wing you desire to enter.
I have spoken with a number of elevator companies. Most tell me that the old elevator should be torn out and replaced with a modern automatic elevator. (Obviously, they stand to benefit $$$$ from the cost of putting a new elevator in.) The cost is further inflated by adding 7 stops into the mix. Major $$$$$!
I am a huge Titanic fan and have collected hundreds of photos and memorabilia about the legendary cruise ship. I am even writing a book about my collection. One of the largest and most luxurious passenger liners at the time, the Titanic was also considered by many to be unsinkable. On April 14, 1912, however, the ship struck an iceberg, and early the next day it sank. Over 1,500 people perished.
Since I have a LOT of space in the Roseboro, I plan to devote a couple of rooms into a Titanic museum to display my photos and and memorabilia. Should be interesting!