Monday, March 2, 2009

When Does Bathroom Graffiti Become Historic?

In this case it is the 1940s.  A couple of weeks back I was working on two complete (sash and frame) windows from a CCC log restroom for the Emigrant Springs Heritage Area.  The restroom has been converted into a storage unit for the park.
During the restoration process I discovered some signatures on one of the bottom rails.  After some discussions with the state historic preservation office we decided that it would be best not to paint over it.  A clear coat was put over it instead.
I never think that all those scratches and scribbles you see in public restrooms could someday be considered historic.

Finished interior

Finished exterior 

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