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Historic home gets upgrade

Historic home gets upgrade
Historic home gets upgrade

RENOVATION — Richard Killebrew purchased this historic home from the Moran family in September 2012.
By SARAH WILLIAMS
Special to The Press
DRESDEN — A historic house is getting a makeover, and residents seem excited about the restoration of the former Moran House located at 151 South Cedar St.
The house was previously owned by the Moran family for several generations. This past September, Dresden native Richard Killebrew purchased the house from the Morans.
“It was about to fall down,” Killebrew said.
The historic house, built in the mid-1890s, needed much repair due to its poor condition.
Three months ago, Killebrew hired a team of construction workers, electricians and plumbers to renovate the house to a functioning condition. The crew has been working on it for three months.  
Killebrew said he does not intend to sell the house so a family might reside in it. Instead, he plans to rent the house for public events such as weddings, tea parties and showers. He hopes the completion date will be this year.
When asked what interested him in purchasing and restoring the house, Killebrew said he had left his hometown of Dresden for 50 years. When he returned, he wanted a project to work on that would bring him closer to his home.
While Killebrew is trying to salvage all the parts from the house he can, some of the house still needs replacing.
The decrepit roof was replaced with new, red shingles and the old windows were removed. The interior of the house is filled with sawdust, nails and bits of loose ceiling.
Segments of the porch are currently being propped up with large wooden posts so they do not collapse. A handrail will later be painted and added onto the porches. The second story also has a small segment of balcony that overlooks the peaceful neighborhood.
The façade of the building previously had ornate decorations, but they have been removed. Killebrew plans to sand and repaint the decorations the original gray color. He wishes to keep the building looking similar to the historic pictures of when it was first constructed.  
The house has four chimneys, five bedrooms, 49 large windows and two bathrooms. Killebrew believes this enormous house only has two bathrooms because when it was built in 1894, modern plumbing was not installed and most people used an outhouse.
The house also has nine fireplaces, all of which look completely different. The fireplaces are scattered over the first and second floors and were used to heat the house during the past generations. The house lacks a central air control system.   
Some of the interior rooms have old-fashioned floral wallpaper which will be removed and replaced with newer, similar floral wallpaper. The most difficult obstacle to overcome was redoing the four chimneys.
Citizens  frequently drive down the street to look at its progress.
On a recent morning, a passing motorist stopped and told Killebrew how impressive the progress looked.

(Published in The Press on 6.13.13)

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