Wind, or perhaps fate, leads to discovery of historic architecture of downtown building
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 3:31 AM
Another building on Broadway Avenue in downtown Spring Valley has returned to its roots, at least partially.
On Tuesday, May 20,the crew from T D Fetterly Construction removed the old tin from Daryl Beottcher’s building in downtown Spring Valley.
Building owner and proprietor of the Salsa Guy, Daryl Beottcher explained, "I came home that Sunday night, I looked at my doorway and thought 'OK, who thinks they're being funny.' All the tin and wood was in front of the door. I didn't know what it was from at first. All of a sudden I looked up and realized that was why there was a pile in front of my door. It was my building!"
The secret hidden beneath the tin, which had blown off in strong winds, was a delightful surprise for Boettcher, who had just recently discovered extra windows during renovations in his upstairs apartment.
"I found them by accident, they were covered," he said. "They had put a wallboard and wallpaper over it. The only reason I found it was because we were getting ready to demo and I had a pry bar in my hand and realized the wall seemed soft, so I started digging."
When the tin fell, it left Boettcher with only two choices, take the rest of the tin down or put it back up and with the lovely brick façade peeking out; it was not a difficult decision for him.
Last Tuesday, a crew from T D Fetterly Construction began to take the first layer of tin off revealing the long hidden windows, brick stepping and graceful arches of the building, which was built in 1893.
Unfortunately, the condition of the original windows is still a question as Boettcher thinks from the inside they may be fine, though the glass is quite thin, but the outside panels might be too worn to save.
As for the rest of the tin, he said it's all baby steps, especially since this project was quite unexpected. More will be known once he gets an estimate to remove the remaining tin. Then he'll decided how to proceed, but restoring the façade is the ultimate goal.
"You know that tin has been up there since 1960 or 1970; you can't tell me we haven't had strong winds in this town before; I keep wondering what prompted it this time."
Was it the winds or the fates?