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Bonnie Lee W.


Willoughby, OH

Member since:

January 18, 2012

Was it the advocate, educate or encourage that prompted you to join?

I'm not sure I understand the question. I have always had a deep appreciation for historic buildings. Thanks to my late mother I was blessed to notice, observe, care for and appreciate the skill and time that went into constructing these pleasing edifices. I would like for my home to be put on the Lake County Historical Society register. I can't bear to hear that a beautiful historic home is going to be raised. No matter what the condition I believe that with TLC the former grand home can be restored to its original luster. I tried to save the Western Reserve home in Willoughby near the tracks. I've forgotten the architects name but I do know that more of his homes are in Painesville, Ohio. I worked at the inception of saving Mooreland Mansion at LCC.

Do you have any experiences with Historic Preservation or Restoration?

Yes. I've worked for the Preservation Society Of Newport County in historic Newport, RI. I worked at the Cornelius Vanderbilt Estate, The Breakers, the John Jacob Astor Estate, Beechwood, and I've done some renovation on my own Sears & Roebuck home. I watched restoration projects all over Newport and conversed with the architects and laborers asking many questions. I watched a house across from the Andrews School For Girls being moved across the schools property to come to rest on a lot on Kirkland Road.

What do you think of textured ceilings?

That's a tricky one. If done by a true artisan and craftsman schooled by several generations of plaster artist then a beautiful ceiling can be produced. But forget that modern stuff that looks blown up onto the poor ceiling.


. won't take my info. Bonnie Lee Walker-Willoughby, ohio. Own a Sears & Roebuck home named The Windsor. Been in the family since 1924. Grandparents built the home.

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