Sampson agreed he likes the challenge of fixing up old buildings. Some things were built better in the past, he said, but added, “They didn’t have a lot of rules they followed back then. Most of the time, you run into things you don’t expect.”
Earlier this week, Sampson and his helper, Tom Marsh, built linings for the gutters and trimmed them to fit. They also capped the ledges with aluminum and worked on the soffits.
He also plans to repair and repaint the original shutters. The decorative brackets are in good shape.
However, that work has been delayed until the cost of the project, about $1,400, can be raised, Blanton said. Once that part is done, the house will look like it did originally, she said.
Down the road, the storm windows will need to be reglazed and the house re-stained on the west and south sides, and scraped and repainted on the other sides. The painting project, which could cost as much as $8,000, Blanton said, could be done in the spring.
Also, Richter said, a sign will be erected out front; one side will tell the story of the Lamon House and the other side will tell about the historic Lincoln Park. The sign will be dedicated to longtime volunteers Alan and Becky Woodrum, as well as the other volunteers.
The Lamon House occupies a beautiful spot in the park, Richter said, and there’s a new sidewalk along Logan Avenue. The trees and bushes have already been trimmed by Berry’s, and more landscaping will be done to replicate that time era.
“With the Lincoln connection,” Blanton said, “we need to maintain that house.”
The museum society also maintains Mann’s Chapel in Rossville and the Fithian Home, and the buildings are on five- to 10-year maintenance plans. Special events raise funds for different places.