OK, back from the edge. No point staring down into the abyss for too long.
So as I mentioned in an earlier post, the demolition of Sparta had been started by the prior owner and had only affected the front half – the “observation lounge”. No joke, this 1946 Spartan Manor ad described the forward cabin in those exact words. Now as much as I am guilty of occasional hyperbole, even I have to question this description. Seriously, Observation Lounge in a trailer? I picture some snoopy neighbor in a trailer park peeking through her curtains, “observing” someone getting out of the shower and telling her husband, “Goodness gracious, George. You’d think he’d have the sense to shut his blinds!”. Even in 1946, marketing folks could spin a tale.
My demolition, therefore, has concerned the aft, a much more difficult section because the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom have a lot more going on. This is where the plumbing, central heat, fixtures, most of the electrical (including junction box) and virtually all the cabinets reside. There is a reason someone chose to start up front and I am eternally grateful they did. There has proven so much good, salvageable stuff in back. Although there is some water damage, particularly to the kitchen and bathroom, the cabinetry has held up remarkably well and is totally reusable. Credit fine wood, workmanship or both, these pieces will refinish beautifully – saving me lots of money and allowing a more faithful restoration. There are also usable and original light fixtures, wood trim, mirrors, small wall heater, etc. that will be a joy to resuscitate. Have a look. I gotta get ready for work.