Historic Restoration has begun at 106 Person St. in Fayetteville!

The historic building at 106 Person St. is on its way to restoration; construction has begun!  A portion of the historic storefront has been carefully removed from the interior of the building and stored onsite while a new entryway and stair are being built.  As a historic tax credit project, the unusual angularity of the storefront is a character defining feature that will be retained.  Located in the National Register Market House Square Historic District, the commercial building was erected prior to the 1880's.  In the image below the iconic Market House, dating to the 1830's, can be seen in the storefront window reflection.

 Distinctive historic storefront prior to construction

Distinctive historic storefront prior to construction

 New entry location in historic storefront after a portion of the existing platform has been removed from the interior

New entry location in historic storefront after a portion of the existing platform has been removed from the interior

The condition at grade was as expected, but there was a little surprise uncovered behind the storefront's wood paneling.  No furring strips handy?  No problem!

 Yardstick used as furring strip found behind the historic storefront after removal

Yardstick used as furring strip found behind the historic storefront after removal

The original tin ceiling tiles have been removed from the second floor ceiling to expose the roof structure above, which is in surprisingly good shape!  A decorative metal mystery object was found above the ceiling, the likes of which we've never seen.  We've enlisted the help of the restoration specialists at the State Historic Preservation Office in identifying this thing!  Any ideas?

 The contractor holds up the decorative metal fragment found in the 19th century building

The contractor holds up the decorative metal fragment found in the 19th century building

 Front view of metal object found during construction at 106 Person St. in Fayetteville

Front view of metal object found during construction at 106 Person St. in Fayetteville