Interior and exterior walls had badly cracked from major structural problems, numerous fire-burned holes punctured the roof, and mold turned the interior ceilings black.

After initial spending by the Society for stabilization and documentation, extensive meetings with preservationists, consultants, contractors, mold experts, local officials and funding sources, it was decided that “saving” the “Poor House” (later a family dwelling much altered and rebuilt c.1870) was just plain impractical. Mold remediation, restoration and land costs were projected at $1 million.

Documentation by experts (scaled drawings, photos, etc.) plus “salvage” of historic parts was the only viable alternative.