East side of Tower 17


Saving Tower 17

Restoration
Begins

Summer 2004 - Winter 2005

 

The restoration of Tower 17 began in the summer of 2004.  The intention is to use as much original fabric as possible, without compromising the structural integrity of the building.  After Cherry Moving Company reassembled the building and removed the supporting blocks, the tower began to lean toward the southeast corner.  During consultation with Cherry regarding this problem, they recommended reinstallation of the supporting blocks and the addition of cross braces internally.  This was accomplished during the late summer and early fall of 2004. 

The top images in both columns show Tower 17 with the supporting blocks in place.  The image at left shows the new siding being installed, while the one at right shows some of the new cross bracing inside the storage room.

The installation of new tongue and groove began on the lower levels.  Completed sections were then painted with 2 coats of white primer.  Cherry Moving Co. is rehabilitating the door and window frames for the first floor, and those are expected to be installed in the spring of 2005.

The image at left is Tower 17 after the supporting blocks were removed and the lower siding has been installed and primed.  The image at right shows the southeast corner.

At lower right is an image of the west wall of the relay room.  Once the wall is repainted, the large metal relay cabinet will return to its rightful place here.

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