I am glad to hear that...but also quite surprised. I hope they get
an engineer to certify that the walls are reusable...hate to see them
put good money after bad....
But..maybe they put a ton of new mortar in the walls as they
renovated, which may be why they are salvageable.
Everything I have ever heard is that if you have ancient lime mortar,
and it is subjected to severe heat (it was hot enough to melt siding
across Main Street), structural integrity is lost.
Hope it works out, thought.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
, "Thomas Clemens" <clemenst@...>
> They are saying the walls can be re-used, so I guess I was wrong
about the heat effect. That's why I am not a architect.
> Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
> Professor of History
> Hagerstown Community College
> >>> "eighth_conn_inf" <eighth_conn_inf@...> 02/24/08 1:47 PM >>>
> Maybe some walls can be salvaged; I guess some were stone; let's
> "Best-selling romance novelist Nora Roberts went ahead with a
> scheduled meet-the-fans event at her bookstore, across from the
> former Boone Hotel, which was gutted by fire, but apparently can be
> --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas Clemens" <clemenst@>
> > Steve,
> > Your thoughts mirror my own experience, those walls will no
> bear weight. I feel just sick about the whole thing. That block
> historic homes will never be the same. Just a shame. They say
> they're goingto rebuild, we'll see.
> > >>> "jeffcowvplanning" <jeffcowvplanning@> 02/22/08 7:30 PM >>>
> > Indeed, only the walls stand to the old Boone Hotel. It appears
> > a complete loss. Generally, when there is a building this old
> > old mortar holding the walls together, blast-furnace extreme heat
> > damages the mortar composition, rendering the walls (although
> > still stand) worthless. The fire was so intense, news reports
> > that buildings across Main Street got heat damage.
> > I am no expert on historic masonry, so take my story for what ya
> > for it, but unfortunately, I would speculate that the walls will
> > to come down.
> > Sad.
> > Steve B.