We’ve already started demo on the interior of the house and store on Main Street and I wanted to share some before photos. First, here is a drone shot from above that gives a good perspective of the property. That is Brett on the roof starting demo:
There’s also this great video made by Perkins Enterprises (our partner Jaime’s construction company with his brother Erik. They have a bunch of great construction videos on their Youtube Channel.):
The store has been empty for close to 25 years but it was also left as it was. Burton and Hazel Jacks bought the house and store in 1967 and ran H&B Jewelers for almost 25 years. Burton died in 1985 and Hazel in 1996. I’ll write more on the history of the building in a future post.
There were ledger books and receipts still left in the file cabinets dating back to the 1960’s:
Everything left was slowly deteriorating over time from all the water damage:
I love the old windows in the front! They’ll all have to be redone but I really want to keep the same vintage display style:
For quite some time there has been a huge hole in the roof allowing it to rain inside the building:
Here you can see the old door entrance to the house:
Looking closely there were so many cool things left on the shelves….like the H&B Jewelers stamp:
Cash receipts all handwritten:
Tie clips still in the boxes on the shelves:
I’m still editing the house photos so stay tuned for that tour!
Is the celiing stamped tin or copper tile or just water-stained accoustic tile? What a huge undertaking this is. I’m excited to see how you apply your magic
Ashley Hackshaw says
It’s old metal tin! But it’s too degraded by water…it just falls apart in your hands.
liking this new adventure already.
I am sure the former owners would have been delighted to know that you are bringing their home/work back to life.
So nice to see something else wonderful coming to Bryson City. Hope to make it this year to the Hemlock Inn again where I met you and your family when you were staying in one of their cottages. Good luck on the restoration project!
Oh my gosh I just love tagging along. This is so exciting to see old places. And the things you find. Now is the blue house there part of the store. It’s crazy when you look from the sky. Someone just dropped a store in there.lol
I came across a stack of deposit slips (like your receipts) decoupaged them to a lampshade. Made such a cool memory of the writing and time.
Sue Rostron says
I follow a quilter’s blog and she is setting up a Quilter’s retreat in an old property. I was thnking if you got lots of powerpoints in your classroom / gallery space that would mean local and visiting sewers and other crafters could use the space too.