This is the loft space in the Artur Dove 1880-1946)-Helen Torr(1886-1967) cottage on the Titus Mill Pond in Centerport. It had served as a post office and general store prior to becoming the home of these two American Modernist painters.
When I arrived the painters were working on the exterior of the cottage.
My friend and co-volunteer, was beginning the re-building of the rustic staircase.
I jumped in prepared with plaid shirt, work jeans, denim apron, and work gloves.
Everyone who visits this site exclaims that they wish to live there. The view is stunning and tranquil.
He checks the level on the first tread.
A while later, Michael W. Schantz, Ph.D. the executive director and CEO of the Heckscher Museum of Art which owns the cottage, came to look around and help out. Here he takes the first steps on the stairs to see if they feel right.
Because the cottage is right on the Mill Pond, the basement was wet from Hurricane Irene, something I know a lot about. A hose is syphoning out the water.
Another view of the Mill Pond.
The interior of the cottage has suffered some damage, and
fixing it will be another project, a long project.
Original wainscoating, which was behind wall board, was installed in two directions.
A very nice feature, maybe leftover from the general store?
The staircase under construction.
The volunteer adjusts the concrete footing.
Volunteers usually bring their own tools, including power tools.
He clamps the uprights for the railing.
A messy re-do of the trim around the front door, when a screen door was previously hung, wasn't right. So he replaces the trim and improves the door way.
Although we were tired after hours of work building the staircase, it had to be primed with paint left for us by the house painters. Good thing that my knees still work well! Eventurally they will paint it the dark green.
We cleaned up the debris around the workplace,
and called it a day. Day one at the Dove Cottage.