SALVAGING AND GIVING NEW LIFE TO PIECES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Cool tub, also !
The Sandwich House was awesome. We only had a few days to salvage and a lot was already done, before we came in to the picture. We were still able to get molding, bannisters, newel posts (did I spell that right?) Some spectacular doors including the front door and the very large parlor doors. They are 3ft w x 8 ft tall each!!
As far as the history goes, it is pretty interesting. A sea captain named William Davis retired from his sea career and settled in what is now Sandwich, IL in 1835. At one time, his estate included 400acres. He initially built a log cabin and then a small frame house. The Large brick home, which is the one that I am referring to as "The Sandwich House", was built in1869. I heard that it was the first brick house in Sandwich, but don't have anything definitive on that. Mr . Davis and his wife Eliza had 5 children and lived in this house until their deaths in 1890 & 1894 respectively.
Eliza was supposedly one of three women that was involved in getting a church built in the area in the early 1840's.
I hate to see historical buildings, like this one go away. But, it was in pretty bad shape and from what I could tell, beyond saving. I love when I can get the story, and I am sure that there is much more to this one. Once again, "if these walls could talk" Thanks to my brother Kevin for researching this for me.
The Sandwich House
Painted Cherry, spindles, banister & newel post
OLD BARN SALVAGE