Posted by: viewfromtheriva | May 13, 2014

Split Restoration, Work in Progress


Bosanka Street "palace" restoration in progress

Bosanka Street “palace” restoration in progress

The wonderful thing about walking through the Palace every day is that it’s truly never the same.  Today I was headed for my favorite ice cream made by the city’s oldest sweet shop on Bosanka Street, just off the city main square outside the west gate, when I saw a 20′  long timber beam, obviously for use as a floor joist, getting ready to be hoisted up through a second floor window.  What a weird sight!

Literally as tall as the second floor window, the monster floor joist is tied and ready to be hoisted

Literally as tall as the second floor window, the monster floor joist is tied and ready to be hoisted

The exterior of the building is sublime,  a 17thC  palace, maybe earlier,  of some rich local merchant; gorgeous coat of arms, beautiful ornamental stone work–columns framing arched windows–and more.  It would be great to go inside and see the raw interior and what the new owner and architects have planned!

The timber beam was quickly tied up and the workman below told everyone in the narrow street to stay put while he muscled it out to get the right angle so it could be pulled up by his waiting buddy through the second floor window.

easy does it

 

I think if the beam had been any longer they would have needed a crane to hoist it up to the roof and then down into the interior.  The whole operation took like 10 minutes–like they had done it a million times before.  But there were half a dozen more beams waiting in a nearby truck to be hoisted, so I didn’t wait around for the second show….no siree, when it comes to anything chocolate, I’ll stop to watch a 20′ beam being hoisted through a window of an ancient palace–but not for longer than 10 minutes!

 

 

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  1.  Hi:  Another great post ! Do keep them coming !  They are a nice reminder of a city I love !   They are really appreciated !

    All the best

    Rick M   from London.        redmoxon@yahoo.co.uk

    • Thanks, there are so many little “stories” like this every day, just not sure whether they make good reading, so your encouragement will help me get past “gee, is this an interesting piece or is it just something that I think it interesting” dilemma!


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