We continue our journey through the renovation process at the Samuel Noakes House at 101 West Cork Street/201 South Braddock Street. Updates are posted each Tuesday through the PHW blog, following the progress with virtual hardhat tours.
Today’s blog will shift back to the work in the basement area. A hatch door to the basement received some attention to make it useable and secure. The stairs to this area will be reversed for easier access, a larger concrete pad poured for the floor, and both water heaters for the Braddock and Cork apartments moved to one location.
Perhaps the most interesting discoveries are in the artifacts uncovered in this portion of the cleanup. The items include a Winchester-labelled Coca-Cola bottle, milk bottles from Sanitary Dairy and Winchester Creamery, matches from Duff’s Restaurant, and medication bottles from the dentist Dr. Fuller and druggists Berry(?) & Manning. The items give a glimpse into the lives of the previous occupants and bring a sense of immediacy to the past.