Gallery: Repurposing and Reusing from Francklyn Street
Flat nails, cut from a steel plate, kept the floor boards in place.
Evan removes flat nails from the floor boards.
The floor boards, estimated to have been produced in the 1940s, bear a stamp on the underside that reads ‘First Birch’ and an imprint that reads ‘Muskoka Red Deer Brand Made in Canada.’
Kevin and Alex remove one of the heavy iron radiators. The radiators will be reused in another project.
Wooden trim from windows and doors has been removed and will find new life in another project.
Work ongoing: The face, mantle, and grill of one of the downstairs fireplaces will be reused in another project.
A glance at the main foyer. The professional salvage operation is in full swing!
Floor boards in an upstairs room await their removal.
Work ongoing. The surrounding face and mantle from a downstairs room fireplace have been removed.
Wooden stair decals are recovered for use in another project.
Gallery: Recovered Cards from the Past
Read an interview with a member of the MacKinnon family.
An old kitchen drawer displays a collection of cards that slipped behind the downstairs fireplace mantles over the years.
“To wish you the Old, Old Wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Rev. and Mrs. J. MacDougall. The Manse, Spencerville, Ont. Christmas 1913”
“Christmas 1928. Sincere greetings and all good wishes for Christmas and a bright and happy New Year. Chas. J.M. Beckwith, B.A., M.D., C.M. Nova Scotia Sanatorium, Kentville, Nova Scotia.”
“Kind remembrances and all good wishes for your Christmas and New Year happiness. I.K. and [name] McLeod. Sherwood – Sydney – ’32”
Card front: “It’s Christmas! In the days of the hoop-skirt and bustle,”
Card inside: “In the days of the yule-log and sleigh, folks sent out their fond Christmas greetings just as we’re doing today. And e’en though the style of our dresses and the ways we travel are new, to Christmas still clings this old-timer – Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to you! Gloria”
Left: “Mrs. MacKinnon. Mrs. Rose at Home. Friday, December Sixth. Bilton Francklyn St. 4.30 o’clock.” Right: “Mrs. MacKinnon. Mrs. William S. Munnis at Home. Thursday, June the twelfth. 72 South Park Street. 4 to 6 p.m.”