The Samuel Noakes House, Part 18

The Samuel Noakes HouseWe 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. The previous entries may be found at the PHW blog at part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15, part 16, and part 17.

Although it has been a while since we last visited the Noakes house and the building was open for in-person tours during the 2012 Holiday House Tour, our virtual tours of the building are not quite complete. We will jump backwards in time a bit to show some of the progress shortly before the Holiday House Tour. Before you saw the nearly finished product on December 8 and 9, drywall and built-in shelving went in to hide the insulation and mechanical systems. Electrical systems also were installed and made functional. While the changes have been less dramatic, the apartments are becoming two clearly defined, separate living areas.

During this time, more behind the scenes work took place with the Barbershop, including another trip to the Board of Architectural Review to discuss the door replacement and an inspection to provide fire separation between the commercial space and living space above. The bottoms of the structural timbers in the ceiling of the Barbershop will remain exposed between the drywall to preserve a historic feel. The BAR also approved the Braddock Street apartment and Barbershop door colors in Evening Sky blue, the same color as the Cork Street apartment. A small railing outside the Barbershop entrance was also approved, along with replacing the original Barbershop door with a replica retaining the mullion pattern of the existing door.

The new steel railing at the Cork Street stairs.Interior walls and ceilings go up at Braddock Street
Electrical and lighting systems are installed
Cork Street steel railings and floor joists are painted
The built-ins take shape in the Braddock Street space