In 2005, Borough Council approved and partially budgeted our project. We applied for a state grant from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.
After a year-long wait without any good news, our state government provided some backing:
State Rep. Barbara McIlvaine Smith
State Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
As we rang in 2008, still awaiting funding, we needed to take action to protect the building from deteriorating beyond repair; we even considered shrinkwrapping.
Below, the slideshow of photos taken by Jim Salvas show the Swiss Cottage interior, ravaged by fire almost 100 years ago. Recent work to refurbish the interior uncovered the remains of pre-1917 trading cards, playbill covers, and print ads.
Over the next two years, Jeffrey C. Beitel AIA Architecture proposed and donated architectural services to develop renovation plans. Using the plans, Jeff began saving the building using money the Friends of Marshall Square Park had raised and donations of labor, materials, and supplies from generous benefactors.
Accomplishments over the two years, 2008—2010 (also see before/after photos below):
Excavated soil away from wooden foundation beam, buried below grade
Created a proper drain swale for water drainage around structure
Treated the soil for termite infestation
Repaired broken window panes, repaired and painted window sashes, installed new, recessed security grills. David Schoettle of West Chester donated the window sash repair
Repaired/replaced wood foundation beams with pressure-treated lumber and synthetic lumber trim boards Mark W. Hoopes, Inc., Custom Building and Design donated part of the carpentry for the Foundation Beam repair Marvic Supply Company, Inc., 5081 West Chester Pike, Edgemont, PA 19028, donated the Azek trim
Repaired/replaced diagonal exterior framing members R. J. Rosenberry Carpentry of Honey Brook supplied the carpentry to repair the diagonal wood framing members
Treated exposed wooden sheathing with clear sealer
Began removing paint drips from split log siding, treating logs with clear sealer
Installed cross member trim boards on entry doors, replaced door hinges and added new door pull hardware
Installed a new fascia board trim and metal drip edge along roof edges, repaired valley flashing as required
Began repainting all diagonal exterior framing members, foundation beam trim, and roof trims. Haley Paint Company, 1303 West Chester Pike, 19382, donated several gallons of paint Jeff Beitel with help from Dick Sabo donated all painting work to date.
Once this work is complete, we hope to remove the interior wood fiber board paneling, wire for future outlets and lights, and install beaded board wood paneling to the walls. The large project will be to replace all the charred roof framing members, install tongue and groove beaded board roof sheathing and wood shingles. That phase alone will cost about $20,000 to $25,000.