The Long Way Home


Sunday Theatre

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Living in a historically commercial building is not without its quirks. The mailman often leaves packages we’ve ordered right on the sidewalk under the mailbox, and most first-time visitors are unsure if we live behind the glass door. Where’s the doorbell? Chances are we won’t hear you knocking, so you’ll have to call from the street to let us know you’re here. I  miss having a front porch to sit and while away the afternoon weekends, people watching. We use the store front window to feature monthly local artists. I took the opportunity to use the space before the next installation.

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Clues in the Crumbling Walls
January 16, 2011, 8:00 AM
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Laura Vincent, the woman who renovated and owns the building that we live in, was kind enough to give me more history about the place. John and Mary Lingenfelser commissioned its construction in 1891 as a neighborhood grocery store, living upstairs while operating the store below. Later commercial occupants from the 1890s through the 1970s used it as a furniture store, a jewelry store, a restaurant, a children’s clothing store and a book and card shop. The sole residential occupants before us were the Fitzgerald sisters, Anna, a florist, and Mary, a dressmaker some time in the early 1900s. Now that I know a little about past residents, I’ve been looking for clues in the crumbling walls: seamstress notations written in pencil or horsehair peeking through constellations of paint.

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