Turner Hall replica being restored

Holstein resident Kenny Mentzer is in the midst of a major restoration project on the Turner Hall replica. Last month, the replica was moved to the Holstein fire station and Mentzer began working on the project Dec. 15.

The work began with deconstruction, taking off the siding and replacing all the plywood, runners and sill on the building. Mentzer said it was in pretty bad shape. “When I took off the siding to replace the runners and sills, I found out the plywood underneath the siding was rotten.”

Mentzer said, “Basically, I had the building down to a shell with the roof on it. I replaced all the rotten wood, which also included some of the frames on the windows. I’m in the process of replacing the siding, which is three/eighths plywood ripped into siding. It’s taking a lot of time, but I have a great place to work.”

According to Mentzer, this is the first time any work has been done on the replica other than when a Boy Scout had an Eagle Scout project to replace the roof.

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