By Vinde Wells
A century-old building in Oregon is getting some much-needed repairs thanks to its owner and a brand new volunteer organization.
Lou VanderWyst, owner of Conover Square, and Rick Ryland, a board member of Hands On Oregon, spent the day before Christmas shoring up the sagging south side of the former piano factory on the bank of the Rock River.
Bundled up against a brisk winter wind, the two spent the day cutting new 2×4 studs and reinforcing the framework of the wall.
“We’re addressing the most serious part of the wall by putting in new studs,” Ryland said.
“This area is the worst because at one time a loading dock was added here,” VanderWyst said. “That let the moisture get in.”
The walls were originally brick, he said, but those were removed and asphalt shingles were applied to the exterior walls. Then stucco was put on top of that.