Functioning Shutters Installed

Earle-Harrison House was built with functioning shutters, enhanced photographs taken of the home 1859-1872 show closed shutters on each of the 21 windows. Functioning shutters were utilitarian – they provided an extra layer of weather protection to single pane windows on stormy, hot or cold  days. Closed shutters also kept animals out of the home. The shutters could be latched closed, or held open with hardware called shutter dogs, in Earle-Harrison House’s case the shutter dog design was likely a weighted “propeller” design attached at the shutter’s base.

Today functioning shutters once again grace Earle-Harrison House. With research assistance from the Texas Historical Commission period-appropriate cedar shutters and hardware was purchased from Timberlane Shutters, PA, a company that has supplied replacement shutters for many historical buildings throughout the U.S. Our tours will now include an explanation and demonstration of what was once an essential necessity for this Greek Revival structure and other homes built on the frontier of Texas. One very unexpected benefit was the immediate HVAC savings- EHH’s  interior temperature dropped 5 degrees within four hours of their installation because the  10 1/2″ single-pane windows now have an extra layer of “shutter insulation”.


8/10/10: New Tent Top

Today Waco’s Aquila & Priscilla Tentmakers replaced the tent top. Several of their team have worked in the tent industry for 25+ years, and installing our tent over it’s two-tier floor surrounded by hills of landscaping does require well-honed teamwork, & includes a worker closing velcro flaps over its seams by climbing on top of the 27′ tent. Next week a cement slab will be added to the bar area of the tent; lighting additions and landscaping projects for the tent’s perimeter and interior beds will also be completed prior to an 8/28/10 event.