One of the benefits of being a volunteer is getting the first look, or inside scoop. RCC volunteers got theirs at the April 2nd meeting - an interior tour of the Roycroft Chapel which the Roycroft Inn now manages. This beautiful asymmetrical building will eventually be completely restored to its original 1910 appearance inside and out; which means the lecture room skylights (now visible on the exterior) will once again be revealed.
Happily, past owners of the building were good caretakers of this landmark and made minor changes that will be relatively easily reversed. The Inn has already removed interior walls on the first floor that were put in place by the town, and has made the spaces presentable and usable for the time being. However, before restoration begins, a thorough Historic Structures Report will be compiled, determining the extent of the work and establishing the funds needed to raise to complete the work.
The RCC volunteers got a bare bones look at what has been done to date and what lies ahead. A massive stone fireplace is now revealed on the first floor, while the interior dividing walls on the second floor have yet to be removed. The volunteers were able to clamber up into the attic to see the interior of the upper most tower room which is crowned with round windows. That sight won’t be seen by visitors for quite awhile, but depending on the scheduled use of the building, the RCC in-depth two hour tours may be able to go inside some parts of the building beginning in May.
Here are some peeks behind the scenes - click on the images to see them full size.