Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Anyone who has ventured down Annapolis Royal's St George Street in the last few months has doubtlessly seen the ongoing restoration work at the Sinclair Inn Museum. Our 301 year old building has already received a new cedar roof. After some needed repairs to siding shingles and clapboard, the building is currently getting a fresh coat of stain. When I was looking at the staging (scaffolding) that the work crew had set up around the building it reminded me that there is an interesting archival image of a painting crew at work on the Queen Anne Inn (aka William Ritchie House, aka St Andrews Boys School). After a few minutes of searching, I found the image I was looking for.

Interestingly, this image only shows the top two storeys of this impressive building. It almost creates a false impression that the workers are not particularly high off of the ground. Considering they are working with a motley assortment of wooden ladders and ropes held in place with a block and tackle, they are much higher off the ground than I would find comfortable. What I find fascinating about this image is that it clearly shows the techniques used to get a painting crew up to the top levels of this building. This image comes from the Schaffner collection held by the AHS Archives. While we do not have an exact date, I believe that this image was taken circa 1925.

All for now,
RGS

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