A forensic researcher of historic properties asked me to look through the Rubble of the burned out Provo Tabernacle recently. Apparently, when the fire burned through the historic structure, it peeled off of the walls many multiple layers of wall paper to reveal original painted walls of plaster. Because the designs are so beautiful and well done, there was quite a bit of excitement about what to do about the find:
1. detach the plaster walls and save the original design work as a historical artifact of the original building?
2. take high resolution photos and tracings to reuse the design work as part of the new restoration of the burned out building
The decision making process as to what to do with the Provo Tabernacle shell is complex. For instance, the building has gone through numerous remodelings, refurnishings, repaintings etc over the last 100+ years… to which “appearance” do you restore/reconstruct the building and it’s interiors? Its probably impossible to know EXACTLY every detail of how the interior was at any time… so, restoring it back to, let’s say, its most historic appearance would have to be based on clues from other similar buildings and artifacts. Quite tricky. If you go back to the most historic look, that is not what defines “pre-existing or pre-fire condition” by the insurance company. So, what are they ethically responsible to fund?
So the decision making process is not quick or easy but it is in motion and all concerned are not only professionally committed to doing a great job, but also emotionally.
Sign on this blog for updates. I have a video planned as soon as I get more info from “headquarters.”
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What can you do at home to take care of your stuff, collectibles, family heirlooms? For a short very interesting video testimonial from a woman whose house burned down go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lCx-xg4BMY