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Herrick Building restoration getting into action

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From page A1 | July 31, 2013 | 26 Comments

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THE HANGING DUMMY wears a hardhat and safety vest in preparation for the main work to begin on the Herrick Building on Main Street in Placerville Aug. 5. Democrat photos by Krysten Kellum

“We’ve been doing a lot of planning and cleaning,” said Sue Taylor, “and when you see the front come down, we’ll be moving fast.”

It’s been 15 months since Tim and Sue Taylor of Camino bought 301 and 305 Main Street, known as the Herrick Building and the Hangman’s Tree building. Pictures showing the planned restoration of the structures adorn the front of the boarded up Hangman’s Tree building, but not much visible change has occurred.

That is about to change, according to Sue Taylor. During the week of Aug. 5, Montgomery Contractors will be bringing in a 60-foot beam to stabilize the buildings. The company, who moved the Fausel House into its present location, will be working on stabilization as the Taylors work on repairing and renovating the exterior of the buildings.

“We’ll have to stop traffic on both sides of  Main Street for a few minutes while they bring the beam in,” said Taylor, “but we’re trying to do it around 6 in the morning to minimize the impact.

“There is an I-beam and four posts holding up the front of the building,” said Taylor. “After an earthquake in the 1930s the buildings were reinforced, but the front was not replaced so it has the original brick footings and beam. We are replacing the footings with reinforced concrete and then we will repair and replace the damaged brick.”

After the new beam is moved into place, it will protrude out onto the sidewalk temporarily while the footings are replaced and the concrete cures.

“This is probably the most invasive thing we will do and we want to do it quickly to mitigate the impact to shop owners and visitors,” said Taylor.

Both buildings will have new store fronts, with the front of the Herrick Building being restored first. The Taylors then plan to  remove the plaster facade of the Hangman’s Tree building and restore the original wood of the structure, including the corbels and the wood trim around the windows.

“The front of the Hangman’s building will look more like it did when it was built,” said Taylor. They will also have to level the sloping floor of the Hangman’s building and replace the building roof. “We were hoping the roof would last another few years, but, after a detailed inspection, we decided to replace it,” said Taylor. “It’s no good doing intensive work in the bottom if the roof isn’t replaced.”

The condition of the buildings was no surprise to Taylor who worked as a volunteer to help with safety mitigation measures under the previous ownership.

While planning and waiting for building permits, the Taylors and their team have been working on cleaning the interior of the buildings, clearing out dry-rot and replacing dry-rotted corner beams with wood the same age as the buildings. Coordinating the scheduling of work crews and phases of the project has also taken time, said Taylor.

“I wish we could move faster, but we going at the pace we can afford. We’re people that do stuff.”

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530-344-5069 or wschultz@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

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Discussion | 26 comments

  • kggJuly 30, 2013 - 5:58 pm

    very welcome news!

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  • Foaming at the MouthJuly 30, 2013 - 10:55 pm

    As welcome as the fairy tale Mark Martin told about restoring the Confidence building. It would be easier to take this seriously if Sue Taylor was wearing work boots, a hard hat, and a safety vest, not sandals, a perm, and tie-dye.

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  • LpJuly 30, 2013 - 11:31 pm

    The dummy has never looked better!! Thanks Sue! Can't wait to see it when it's done! Need some help? Let me know...

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  • EvelynJuly 31, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Foaming: You really ARE bothered by Sue.

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  • Foaming at the MouthJuly 31, 2013 - 10:00 am

    Evelyn - Not bothered, just skeptical. How has Taylor's ownership of the building differed from the last owners'? Talk is cheap, construction is expensive, and propping up poorly made brick walls is a fool's errand.

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  • CierraJuly 31, 2013 - 10:57 am

    So excited for the Taylors and Hangtown!

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  • EvelynJuly 31, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    Foaming: I can't address your skepticism but I CAN answer the "what's different" question. Sue Taylor is an excellent building designer experienced in restoration. I won't be losing any sleep over her sandals, perm and tie-dye!

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  • Bruce4 truthJuly 31, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    Foaming, Sue is the real deal, just like her hair - that's not a perm! She's a woman of action, just wait and see. You will beating your words, just as you continue to chomp on your soap, hence - foaming.

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  • EvelynJuly 31, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    Bruce4 truth: You're wrong. When Sue has performed her miracle -- about which those who know her are unreservedly confident -- and we're all looking on in admiration, Foaming will write: "What took so long?"

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  • Foaming at the MouthJuly 31, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Sue Taylor has building restoration experience? Where? And what registered Professional Engineer is stamping their plans? This project was supposed to be done already and it hasn't even started. I'd love to eat my words, as long as you'll do the same if I'm right.

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  • EvelynJuly 31, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    Foaming: I'll eat my words and buy you a cup of coffee if I'm wrong.

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  • EvelynJuly 31, 2013 - 3:23 pm

    P.S. Presumably the City can show you the completed paperwork that allows the Taylors to proceed with the restoration.

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  • FranJuly 31, 2013 - 7:05 pm

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  • FranJuly 31, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    Sorry--cut myself off...micro farming in El Dorado County--discussions for protecting your rights are on-line now.

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  • FranJuly 31, 2013 - 7:11 pm

    "MicroFarm size parcels range from small lot size properties to a few acres and are outside of agricultural zoned land." Please visit the site for more information

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  • EvelynAugust 09, 2013 - 5:06 am

    TODAY IS THE DAY. Foaming, come watch.

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  • EvelynAugust 09, 2013 - 6:38 am

    . . . having gone on a early morning excursion to see with my very own eyes, I'm here to report: IT IS HAPPENING . . . NOW.

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  • EvelynAugust 09, 2013 - 9:02 am

    The stabilization process is awesome. People driving/walking down the street can see it happening before their very eyes. The initial restoration is itself a tourist attraction. I'm so happy for Placerville.

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  • EvelynAugust 09, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    Piece of cake! The contractors had that 60-foot beam in place before many people were even awake!

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  • Dee#1August 09, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    Evelyn,I was wake but forgot about. It must have awesome.

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  • EvelynAugust 09, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    Dee#1: The crew made it look like their job was the simplest thing in the world. All they had to do was occasionally consult, organize their bits & pieces, put them in place, and PRESTO! (Foamy: I can report that Sue Taylor wore work boots and leather gloves. You would have been so relieved.)

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  • Foaming at the MouthAugust 09, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    Eleven - why are you calling me Foamy? Sorry I missed the big show. I just now got out of bed. But I wouldn't declare victory just yet, Eleven.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 09, 2013 - 9:53 pm

    Actually, Foamy, her code name is Twelve.

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  • Foaming at the MouthAugust 10, 2013 - 7:32 am

    Thanks, Fill.

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  • Foamie Mouth®August 11, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    Toooooo funny!

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  • DaveSeptember 09, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    Best of luck to Tim and Sue. I owned the building(s) for a while (I'm not the one who was foreclosed upon) and decided it was just too big a project to undertake. I love those buildings and am so glad they will be preserved.

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