the all-seeingeye James McAllaster House: Living Room


The newly renovated living room is far brighter than it used to be, with a built-in cabinet at the kitchen end for book and the clutter of electronics.

The renovation:

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The living room had six of these light fixtures. The story is that they were discovered in a box in the crawlspace during an earlier renovation, and converted from gas to electricity. I doubt this, as gas fixtures tended to point upwards, rather than down. These would be a very poor gas design at best. Regrettably, the wiring in these fixtures has deteriorated, and the only sockets that will fit have an insulator which breaks down in less than a year when installed pointing downwards. The result is a dramatic short circuit with sparks and smoke, so they've been removed and replaced.

This fragment of wallpaper was found inside the base of the living room wall during renovations of the front porch in 2005.