Monday, September 15, 2008
The Day After the Flood
Staff of Landmarks Illinois went out early this morning to assess the damage from the flood for the first time. By 8 a.m. the water had gone just below the floor level of the house. Traveling by boat, we rowed out to the house, opened the door and were able to get our first glimpse at the damage.
Water rose within the house by 18 inches. All the furniture was spared since we had put it all on milk crates the day before. Unfortunately, the wardrobe and panels along either end of the core were damaged by the water.
We will spend the next few days contacting experts and having them come give their opinions on how we should proceed with restoration of the interior of the house. We will also continue conversations with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the owners of the house. Water will continue to go down at which point we'll also be able to assess damage to our property.
Site Manager for the Farnsworth House operator - Landmarks Illinois
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