The Window Restoration was completed and the old house now may make it 200 years before needing work on them again! We are grateful to our wonderful community for pulling together to protect this precious old farmhouse. Come by to see how great it looks!
Save the Windows
at Historic Boggy Creek Farm
A community party/fundraiser for this Historic Austin Landmark! Help save the fourteen 177 year old farmhouse windows that are in need of complete restoration.
of the farm and old farm house
Local chefs will provide appetizers made from our farm fresh produce:
*********************************Beverages provided by:
*********************************Silent Auction Items!
We would like to extend a Huge Thanks to our Donors & Sponsors!
designed the website for this special event
On Sunday April 7th, Red River Restoration with the help of the Window Preservation Alliance removed all 14 of the historic windows. About 30 people were involved in their removal and it took about 5 hours! They are currently at Red River Restoration's shop being lovingly restored. The work is expected to take about 2 months which means that by June we should have windows back in the old farm house! Follow us on Facebook for updates and photos of the progress. Thanks again to ALL who came out to our fundraiser in April 2018 to make sure the structural integrity of this old home is intact to so that it may remain standing far into the future.
~The Window Preservation Alliance (WPA) was created to build awareness of window restoration and repair. Windows built before 1960 were designed to be serviced, and can be made beautiful and energy efficient. Replacement windows have been proven to be a poor investment. Many of our members also build custom windows in the traditional manner.~
ABOUT THE WINDOWS:
A community benefits when its history is known and preserved. Not just by story telling but also by the actual survival of buildings and homes. At Boggy Creek Farm, in the fertile bottom land of East Austin, the farmstead, dating to 1839-1841 still exists: the remaining five acres of farmland, and its modified Greek Revival farmhouse, where the first President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, dined in 1841!.
The farmhouse is now 177 years old. It is in good condition, except for the windows. They are fragile and beyond band-aid glazing; they need to be taken out of their walls for professional restoration. The experts will clean the windows of aged glazing materials and remove all of the paint. Then they can assess what wood needs repair or duplication.
The process takes two months:
Removing the windows from the walls, taking them to Red River Restorations who specializes in historic window restoration and has done work on the Alamo and many Texas Court Houses and the French Legation to name a few.
Placing the windows in a 'heat box' to soften hardened glazing and to remove the glazing and old paint.
Examining the wood framework of the windows. Repairing mild deterioration and duplicating rotten/missing wooden parts as needed.
Replace damaged window panes.
Prime and paint the restored windows.
Install windows into the walls of the farm house.
Sample of windows in need of restoration.
We, Carol Ann Sayle, Larry Butler (passed in June 2018) & daughter Tracy Gibson Geyer are the stewards of this homestead, resisting development, keeping the house in good repair, and sharing it through many house tours over the last 28 years. With your generosity, and with newly sound windows, this important example of history can weather the next generations and beyond. We love this community and we are honored by your help!
Donors (Loyal Friends of the Farm):
Glenn & Paula Foore
Slow Food Austin
Sustainable Food Center
Gail & Wayne Gibson
Les Dames d'Escoffier
Sherry Vest Rice
Ralph Hasson & Mary Beth Murphy
Shiela & Michael Lyon
Paula Angerstein & Paul Grosso
Linda & Marion Green
Kristin & Ross Bassinger
Dana & Bob Wesson
Dee & Gary Kelleher
Gene & Daryle Geyer
Larry & Jane Wilson
Phil & Katy Lancaster
Dana Rusinak & Denise Doolan
Paul Harford & Sandy Dunn
Carol & Dick Yetman
Susan & Dan Hampton
Thank you Historic Farmhouse Tour Docents:
Thank you to those who helped plan and run the show (& those we missed here; we appreciate you all!):
Dana Rusinak & Denise Doolan
Monica and James Sanders
Christine & Jeremy Harris
Carson Geyer & Hailey Heal
Farm Dog Buddy
To All who attended our fundraising event we are forever grateful!
Prints and Prints on Canvas by Carol Ann Sayle