Inching Along. Again.

With stunning weather the past few days, work resumed on the shingling. Today was 70-degrees, unprecedented for February. I do not know to be excited or terrified.


Even some painting got done!


And now, the top level is shingled from east to west! Finishing the cornice will be next. Then the scaffolding will get lowered to complete the shingling. The end is near!





  1. Anthony Joseph Bianchini on February 2, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    80 degrees in North Texas today… Indeed, not sure to be worried, but seized the day nonetheless. Nice update, love the distant shot of the the entire south side. At once shows how much there is left to do and how much has been done.

  2. Betsy EIsenmann on February 2, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    We’ll all probably pay for this mild winter next summer–but I’m happy it’s helping you along to finish the shingling and painting, at LAST!

    • Rick S on February 2, 2020 at 10:43 pm

      I live in Sun Prairie WI and our Groundhog says 6 more weeks of winter. It was warmer than normal here too.

  3. Cindy Belanger on February 2, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Great weather, tomorrow is supposed to be warm too. So you’ll get a lot done tomorrow as well. It’s coming along nicely.

  4. Jarrett L. on February 2, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    It was 70 here in Missouri too, lovely and scary. Mother nature’s being little too kind too early.

  5. Stephanie on February 3, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Tremendous progress, Ross – congrats!

  6. Thad on February 3, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Wow. The light at the end of the tunnel! It’s coming together…

    Do you need to re-shingle the 3rd floor gables, or just re-paint them?

    • Ross on February 3, 2020 at 8:56 am

      Just repaint, Thad.

      The reason the second-floor shingles were in such terrible shape was that they were stripped of paint like 20 years ago. And the sun brutalizes bare wood on a south-facing facade.

      • Celeste on February 3, 2020 at 1:29 pm

        Related question, Ross: Are you going to reshingle the exterior of the library too?

      • Thad on February 3, 2020 at 7:11 pm

        Well, that’s a relief! I guess you’ll get to the gables when you get to them.

  7. David F on February 3, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    YAY! This south side has been the scourge of Emporia for too long and it is going to look fabulous when it is completed. Another testament to baby steps and doing it the right way!

  8. Linda A. on February 3, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    The work that is done just looks so crisp and pristine! Good work as always, Ross.

  9. Dan Goodall-Williams on February 4, 2020 at 2:35 am

    It must feel so satisfying!

  10. Emily on February 4, 2020 at 8:20 am

    you. are. incredible.

  11. Sean on February 4, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Looks so amazing! Are you gonna finish paining the second floor shingles and cornice to the tower or are you gonna work on the first floor from the east corner? Or the 3rd floor gables?

  12. Megan Moss on February 5, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Would you consider doing me the enormous favor of writing a post devoted to your reshingling process? I have identical work to do, and for some reason have been terrified of beginning. Seeing a step-by-step of your process would be enormously reassuring!

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