Wed 8 Oct, 2008
We have begun to carefully remove the old metal ceiling tiles and set them aside for future use.
They actually were not difficult to remove once we got one started. Then we had access to the edge of the adjacent pieces and could get a small still putty knife wedged under the edge and the brads popped straight out.
This is one of the metal tiles that had been cut to fit a small area.
This shows the ceiling with all the metal tiles removed in one of the rooms. Over the years, when we’ve had to cut into a wall or other area over for some repairs or general maintenance work, we often find something of interest.
Above the metal ceiling we found these fragments of a newspaper from 1914. The language appears to be Polish. Not sure why they ended up there, but it’s interesting.
Then we found part of an old chalk board that still had writing on it. It is most likely from the days of the Academy, our boarding school for girls in the early 1900′s. This piece of chalk board had been used to patch a hole in the wall in a closet where some plumbing had been added in later years.
It will be interesting to see what turns up next!