Westward ho!

Someday I’ll get back to regular blogging but today its off to the mountains to look at some windows that need fixin’. 

I got a call in mid-December from a concern who is undertaking the historic refurbishment of Blannahassett Island School in Marshall, NC and went to take an inititial look-see.  I mean, come on… I just had to go see an island school… in the middle of the N.C. mountains?!? Mentioned by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not as “…the only school located on a uninhabited island in the United States” the 1926 structure sits smack in the middle of the French Broad River. (You can see part of the school toward the bottom of the photo, click and it will swell up)

Blannahassett Island.jpg

The new owner wrestled the structure away from the local school system who had slated the place for demolition.  In its new role, the old school house will serve as a mecca for Western N.C.’s burgeoning arts scene that is spilling out of Asheville and headed north.  Studios, craft shops, meeting rooms and performance space will be provided where readin’, ritin’ and ‘rithmetic was served up to Marshall Madison County students for decades. (HT to Tom L.)

I don’t have a contract on the project yet, but I really want this job – especially since it is just down the way from Hot Springs, NC.  With nearly 80 very large double hung windows to repair that have had several bricks tossed through them over the years, this job will take some time and effort.  I may have to set up summer quarters in the mountains to get this one completed… dammit.

It will be a hard job, but someone’s got to do it.

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3 Comments

  1. David Wharton
    Posted January 4, 2007 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Hope you get the contract, David.

    While you’re out there, could you find out just which french broad they named the river after?

  2. Posted January 4, 2007 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    I think I might pitch a tent on the island if I were you, maybe do some fishing too. Is that part of the French Broad above or below the paper mills? You don’t want to fish downstream from the papermills.

  3. Tom Lassiter
    Posted January 5, 2007 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    My mountain kin are picky about geography. North Carolina, they might tell, you, ain’t got no Marshall County. Marshall is in Madison County.

2 Trackbacks

  1. By Hogg’s Blog » Double Hung - The Western Division on February 14, 2007 at 6:50 am

    [...] I neglected mention that my window restoration company, Double Hung, landed the Blannahasset Island School project up in Marshall, NC.  I signed the contracts on Monday and we start today. [...]

  2. By Hogg’s Blog » All work and no play… on March 17, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    [...] Jinni drove with me yesterday for my bi-weekly visit to Marshall, NC.  My company, Double Hung, is restoring the 80 or so original windows included in the tax-credit rehab of the town’s 1923 Blanahassett Island School.  The old school is undergoing a adaptive conversion into a new role: Marshall High Studios.  The building will serve the area’s burgeoning artist population. [...]