Alexander Breiding has submitted the paperwork for his Eagle Project, and it involves the final restoration effort on the Gull School House!
Alex, a member of Hebron’s Troop 28 Boy Scouts, has taken on the exterior renovations of the Gull, which is a huge project that will finalize the year long efforts to restore this historic building.
Alex has already done a tremendous amount of work on the building – he, his father, Paul, and his uncle, Rick, power washed the building a few months ago. It was pouring rain, but this motivated young man didn’t let that stop his commitment!
Alex began his project in earnest on Saturday, June 11, 2005, when he gathered a crew of approximately 25 Troop 28 members and parents to prime and paint The Gull. He was assisted by donations from Route 85 Lumber in Amston and Ace Hardware in Hebron in obtaining the necessary primer, paint and painting materials needed to restore this building to its original luster. Dunkin' Donuts and Angie's Pizza donated food for the hungry workers.
On Saturday, June 18, more boys gathered to dig out around The Gull and installed the fascia. In addition, the grounds were completely racked of all the dead grass, and the stone wall was repaired. Angie's Pizza again donated food for the workers.
Historic preservationist Thomas R. Linskey, West River Restorations, will be doing the final carpentry work on the building beginning June 27, replacing all the clapboards on the north side of the building. After that is done, Alex and his crew will do the final priming and painting on the newly restored side.
Stay tuned for updates on Alex’s project – and the final completion of the Gull School House. Next year, after this project is finally completed, the Historical Society will be opening up the Gull on a bi-weekly basis on Sundays, during the months of May through September, so that Connecticut residents can take a step back into yesteryear.
IN MEMORIAM: Richard Alan “Rick” Breiding
Finishing the Project
On Saturday, June 18, more boys gathered to dig out around The Gull and install the fascia. In addition, the grounds were completely racked of all the dead grass, and the stone wall was repaired. Angie's Pizza again donated food for the workers.