Re: [40Whacks] projo.com article from June
- THANK YOU June for this article. It is very
interesting and exciting to fans of the case!
--- ynrchyldzwylds_hobby@... wrote:
> June [ynrchyldzwylds_hobby@...] has sent you ahttp://www.projo.com/massachusetts/content/projo_20050429_fr29liz.241dd55.html)
> story from projo.com.
> (Page at:
> Lizzie Borden house owners take a whack at
> historical accuracy
> Demolition of the print shop this week and another
> structure built after the murders are part of plan
> to restore the house to the way it was on the day
> Borden's father and stepmother were killed.
> 01:00 AM EDT on Friday, April 29, 2005
> By ROB MARGETTAJournal Staff Writer
> FALL RIVER -- Talk about reconstructing a crime
> The city landmark known as the Lizzie Borden house
> is on its way toward looking more like it did on the
> day in 1892 when Andrew J. Borden and Abbey Durfee
> Gray Borden were murdered than it has in decades.
> When Rhode Island nursing home owner Donald Wood
> bought the house -- now a bed-and-breakfast and
> tourist attraction -- last year, he said one of his
> first priorities was to remove two structures added
> in the 1900s, which housed a print shop.
> That work began yesterday, as an excavator crunched
> its way through the ceiling beams of one of the
> structures in the house's driveway, which was built
> around 1950.
> One of the trickiest steps in the demolition was
> separating the house from the press building,
> according to Billy Williams, a foreman with E.W.
> Berman, the construction firm doing the demolition
> work. The two structures were attached in places.
> "We just had to cut it away from the house first,"
> he said.
> Lee Ann Wilber, the house's manager, said that
> particular step was nerve-wracking for her.
> "I was giving a tour in the house at the time, and
> every time they hit it with the excavator, it
> shook," she said. "I was almost waiting for my wall
> to fall down. But I have faith in them."
> When the contractors are finished taking that
> structure down, they'll start on another, larger one
> next to the house, built around 1920, which was once
> the storefront for Leary Press.
> Leary Press is still open, but has moved to Stafford
> Wilber said when the renovations are complete, the
> house will have a large parking lot and look more
> historically accurate.
> In the place of the structure demolished yesterday
> will go a replica of the barn that once stood in
> back of the house. While the original barn stood
> about 15 feet from the house, Wilber said the
> replica would be located further to the back of the
> property, to accommodate parking.
> The first floor of the new barn will contain the
> house's gift shop, she said.
> The house itself will also be restored to look more
> as it did the day of the Borden murders, Wilber
> Most significantly, she said, it will be painted to
> resemble its appearance in the early 1890s. But
> there's one problem with that goal -- no one's sure
> what the house's paint scheme was back then.
> "It was repainted a couple of months before the
> murders, and it was only described as 'drab,' Wilber
> Wilber said she can't quite remember how much the
> demolition and renovations will cost.
> "I don't want to think about it. It hurts," she
> To help pay for the work, the Lizzie Borden house
> has been selling bottles of brick dust from its
> Some customer -- lucky or unlucky, depending on your
> point of view -- could end up purchasing a bottle
> with ghosts from the house attached to it, she said.
> About 45 customers have bought the $5 souvenirs.
> The house's history with the Bordens began in 1872,
> when Andrew J. Borden, a wealthy Fall River
> businessman, bought it in order to live closer to
> the city's downtown district. His daughter Lizzie
> became the prime suspect when he and his wife,
> Lizzie's stepmother, were murdered.
> Lizzie was acquitted in 1892, and she and her sister
> Emma moved out of the house, to a home on French
> Street. Lizzie lived there until her death.
> The Borden sisters sold the house in 1918, and it
> has changed hands several times since then.
> Before Wood, it was owned by the McGinn family, who
> bought it in 1940 and used it as a private home and
> base for Leary Press. In 1996, they converted it to
> a bed-and-breakfast.
> @el5To contact Rob Margetta, phone (508) 674-8401 or
> e-mail rmargett(at)projo.com.
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- I enjoyed reading about the renovation too. I'm amazed that the town of Fall River hasn't embraced the story -- it ain't going away -- and I think it's good for tourism.I hope the interior of the house is done more appropriately and accurately than it has. I'll have to make the pilgramage when it's ready.Pat in NY