The historic Regional Treatment Center tower, close to the county government services center in northwest Fergus Falls, will be preserved while other sections of the RTC complex will be part of deconstruction. Tom Hintgen/Otter Tail County Correspondent.
The city of Fergus Falls is seeking $8.9 million from the state legislature to complete deconstruction on remaining sections of the RTC campus which includes 550,000 square feet of space on the northside of Fergus Falls. The Regional Treatment Center was originally built in 1890 by the state of Minnesota to house 3,500 patients with mental illness. During the 1950s and 1960s that number was reduced to close to 2,000 residents, cared for by 500 state employees.
Source: Otter Tail County landmark to be preserved in Fergus Falls | Perham Focus
Beams from the demolished creamery building in Okotoks will be salvaged for future historical projects
“We were able to salvage about 18 beams and they’re fairly large beams and the beams themselves are fairly old, if you think of the building being about 100 years old and the beams are another 75 years on top of that or more,” he says.
Couronne says the town already has a plan in place for some of the beams.
“We’re going to put some of them in the old saw display we have behind the library and the rest we’ll just put into storage for future use for potentially whatever may be built down the road for the historic point of view.”
via The Old Creamery Building Legend Lives On – OkotoksOnline.com.
“I started collecting Katrina-damaged materials,” he said. “There were miles and miles of materials going to the landfill, and it was breaking my heart, so I tried collecting as much useful stuff as I could out of the piles.”
Some property in town that they owned gradually became their warehouse, where Ronnie stored the reclaimed items.
Longleaf pine barge board can be seen on the walls of the breakfast area, and ceiling beams are of cypress from a plantation that once stood on the Mississippi River. Boards on the walls and around the fireplace are reclaimed from other parts of the house; many of the boards retain bits of their original paint. The kitchen island is made of some of those rescued, weathered boards and other found items.
via Bay St. Louis couple make the old something new | Home & Garden | The Sun Herald.