The great adventure takes us to California

As most of you know Jared has a fine appreciation for things old.  All three of his garages store vintage cars, he has dreams of one day restoring a great big old barn, and here he is in North Idaho bringing to life a structure that was left to sit unfinished three times over. Come to think of it, his heart beats fast when the idea of restoration is present, either restored people realizing who they really are, or things being brought to their former glory.  He even had a business at one time named “Reidt Restorations.”  In this vein, he took on the search in filling our elevator shaft.  He explored new elevators and used elevators, but nothing struck a chord, that is until he found “the one!”

Exterior

Exterior

Interior

Interior

So off we went, to Oakland, California. Sweet! Sunshine and warmth. California here we come! Well, not exactly. Yeah, not the California with hot sunny beaches.  It was a steady 60 cloudy/rainy degrees.  Despite the weather, our mission was accomplished.  Mom and Dad Wilson met us for the week.  Jared, Dad, and Asher took three days removing the pictured above, pre-war, massive, 1920 Otis elevator from a hillside home in Oakland.  Meanwhile, Mom and I wine tasted and took Max and Libby to explore the Bay Area, not in that order. 😉

Max and Liberty couldn't visit California without a trip to the ocean.

Max and Liberty couldn’t visit California without a trip to the ocean.

We celebrated Asher's sweet 16 while in Cali.

We celebrated Asher’s sweet 16 while in Cali.

Mission accomplished! With pieces of elevator strewn about truck and trailer, off we cruised back to the inland northwest, arriving just in time to catch the Mountlake Terrace CPC last state bball game in Spokane. Our tired truckload relished the opportunity to hug CPC families’ necks and welcome a handful of friends to our new home.

Massive, heavy, iron parts unloaded from the trailer and ready to be put back together.

Massive, heavy, iron parts unloaded from the trailer and ready to be put back together.

Debra, Amy, Julie, and Kelley.  Sweet friends we enjoy your visits so!

Debrah, Amy, Julie, and Kelley. Sweet friends we enjoy your visits so!

Dear friends, Troy, Kelley, Austin and Jacob Schley.

Dear friends, Troy, Kelley, Austin and Jacob Schley.

Today, I hear Jared out there. He is cutting, pounding, rebuilding, so this relic can fit securely in its new home. A few weeks more and it will glide up and down its repositioned rails. More to come as the build goes on!

Jared is prepping the concrete for rail installation.

Jared is prepping the concrete for rail instillation.

From third floor looking to basement.  No rails or sheet rock yet.

From the top floor looking to basement. No rails or sheetrock yet.

From third floor looking down.  Temporary second floor blocks view to basement.  Sheetrock and rails installed.

From top floor looking down. Temporary plywood on main floor blocks view to basement. Sheetrock and rails installed.

After all the cables and rails were mounted in came the floor.  The next step is to rewire and attached the engine.

View from main floor to basement. After all the cables and rails were mounted in came the elevator floor. The next step is to rewire and attached the engine.

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6 comments on “The great adventure takes us to California

  1. Desiree Albano says:

    LOVE!! I am so sad that I missed you when you came…… Things are happening at the great house in Idaho….. I love you Amy!! Miss you tons.

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  2. barbara wilson says:

    Love your posts!!!! Love all of you too. Really enjoyed our time in Northern Calif with you guys!!!

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  3. Amanda Cox says:

    Looks like a great time in California 🙂 That elevator is beautiful. It reminds me of the ones in the old homes in the Garden District of New Orleans.

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  4. Oh how I miss you!! I love your family and I’m excited to see everything come together!

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