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Monday, December 28, 2020

Complete restoration of the Summit School has begun

Complete restoration of the Summit School has begun at Poplar Heights Living History Farm east of Butler. The damaged and rotted siding was replaced with new matching cedar lap boards. A special thanks to Farmer’s Lumber of Hume for locating and delivering this hard to find old style siding.

During the moving process, it was discovered that the ceiling was a later addition, and that the original ceiling was a barrel style – quite uncommon in the Midwest. Much of the interior plaster and lathes had been removed prior to moving to remove the bricks in the walls. Now staff and volunteers removed the rest of the plaster and lathes. This way we can insulate, run new electrical wiring and install an hvac system.

New “old” front doors (removed from the Powers/Jennings home in Butler prior to its demolition), were installed. Butler Glass installed new energy efficient windows with uv barriers that had been custom designed to match the old school windows. The original back door space was uncovered and a new door installed. A back deck and stairs will be added for ease in catering events. Underneath the school will be a large storage area.

As weather improved, outside work continued. The school was prepped for painting and Alkire Painting painted the exterior of the building.

Just before Christmas, Osage Valley Electric installed a dedicated electrical line to the school. Work now begins the interior – wiring, hvac, insulation, sheetrock, painting, etc. And then the exterior dirt work and laying of the memorial brick patio (There’s still time to purchase a brick to help fund this project and remember classmates and teachers!!)

Courtesy of Poplar Heights Living History Farm east of Butler