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!”
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. 😉
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.
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!