Big, Bold and on the way to Beautiful

Painting project, south wall, Fall City Masonic Hall © 2012, courtesy of Falls City Masonic Temple Corporation
Painting project, south wall, Fall City Masonic Hall © 2012, courtesy of Falls City Masonic Temple Corporation

News from a 2012 Landmark Rehabilitation Program recipient

Fall City Masonic Hall © 2012, courtesy of Falls City Masonic Temple Corporation

In the heart of Fall City stands the impressive Falls City Masonic Lodge #66, a two story wood frame building that is undergoing a big transformation, thanks in part to an award from 4Culture. A notable icon within the small community, the exterior of the building was in desperate need of paint. With such a large building, plans to re-paint the entire exterior of the hall took some careful thought and advanced planning. Members of the lodge quickly determined the west and east walls had the most exposure to weather and were in the greatest need of attention, and applied to 4Culture’s Landmark Rehabilitation Program for funding.

4Culture awarded the Falls City Masonic Temple Corporation $9,700 to address the most critical side of the building, the west wall, and Frank Schuamcher, Lodge Master, was kind enough to share the outcome of that project with us. He also shared some AMAZING photos, thanks Frank! The FCM Temple Corporation hired CS Maintenance to perform the work, and Frank has kindly given us some interesting insight into the process of paint removal:
Painting project, Fall City Masonic Hall © 2012, courtesy of Falls City Masonic Temple CorporationOur paint contractor, at first, opted to use a wet stripper method to chemically lift the paint which meant the there was no airborne dust to tent in and all that was needed was a nonporous ground cover to catch dropped materials. However, this process was generally ineffective on the paint on our building and the painter had to change to a mechanical removal method. After some investigation, the “Paint Shaver” ™ was selected.

The Paint Shaver cuts off a very thin layer of the surface, often less than the thickness of the applied paint. Thus, after a couple passes the surface is taken down to clean bare wood. The Paint Shaver also has a HEPA vacuum attachment to catch all paint as it is removed, hence no tenting was needed, much to the relief of the poor painters that would have been stuck under it!! Additionally, getting down to clean white wood made for GREAT paint adhesion and should give us some extra years on the paint. While costly, in the end, the Paint Shaver was more cost effective than the labor that would have been required to hand scrape the 2800 sq. ft. of wall on the South elevation.

Painting project, south wall, Fall City Masonic Hall © 2012, courtesy of Falls City Masonic Temple Corporation

Next up the Lodge is planning on addressing the east wall, which will take place within the year. If you should find yourself traveling through Fall City, or are a resident, keep an eye out for this project. The end result of a newly painted lodge hall is sure to be inspiring. Thanks again to the Falls City Masonic Lodge for sharing their story, and the great work they do in preserving the history of the hall.

Images are of Fall City Masonic Hall © 2012, courtesy of Falls City Masonic Temple Corporation.