The Wolfe cabin is in desperate need of restoration. It is literally rotting to the ground.
The dashed areas on the plan were later additions to the cabin and were not present when Wolfe stayed there. These rooms including the basement below are the major contribution to the dry rotting of the original structure and it is essential that they be demolished as soon as possible. This will require a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Resources Commission and we hope to get the request to them as soon as we can. The basement is now acting as a water collector and bringing the moisture levels within the enclosed space so to promote the further dry rotting of the entire structure.
Pictures from August 2010 showing the condition prior to the demolition of the rear addition. Note the stairway is now exposed to the weather, and with water pouring directly onto the temporary unsealed stair cover the basement is constantly subjected to water accumulation. Compare the image of the pass thru to the kitchen from the living room to a present day photo and you will see how the roof joist have fallen onto the kitchen floor.
The Wolfe and Moyer Cabins are in both in need of restoration work, though it is the Wolfe cabin that has seen considerable dry rot destroy structural members and the logs themselves. During the course of the year 2015 major sections of roof structure and wall sheathing have fallen leaving the cabin full of soggy debris. A Memorandum of Understanding between the City and PSABC is currently under review by the City so the Preservation Society can halt the decay due to water infiltration.
Demolishing the sleeping porch will provide us replacement poplar logs for damaged material to the main cabin. Our intent is to catalogue and number each log and store the good material for future use.
Apparently there is power on at the Moyer house and we may be able to use it to power the dehumidifiers needed to reduce the moisture content of the wood. Using a moisture meter we intend to monitor the drying out of the structural logs.
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