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  • Autumn
    THANK YOU June for this article. It is very interesting and exciting to fans of the case! Thanks again! Autumn ...
    Message 1 of 3 , May 1, 2005
      THANK YOU June for this article. It is very
      interesting and exciting to fans of the case!

      Thanks again!

      --- ynrchyldzwylds_hobby@... wrote:

      > June [ynrchyldzwylds_hobby@...] has sent you a
      > 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
      > scene.
      > 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
      > Road.
      > 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
      > said.
      > 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
      > said."
      > 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
      > said.
      > To help pay for the work, the Lizzie Borden house
      > has been selling bottles of brick dust from its
      > basement.
      > 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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    • PatriciaLu@aol.com
      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
      Message 2 of 3 , May 1, 2005
        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
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