September 2004 - There was a vision to rebuild the old abondoned building using as much of the remaining materials as possible. Larry, was joined by two volunteers, Ken & Beau, and the work started.
Inside of building, looking out
Outside of building, looking in. Initial steps were site clean-up and adding brick columns to support the structure, where needed.
March, 2005: Doors and window shutters are built to secure the building. Areas of brick walls are rebuilt with original bricks, salvaged from the grounds.
September 2005: HURRICANE KATRINA landed several large trees on the building. Work stopped for for several months as the three men worked hard to re-open the paths and other areas of the Northlake Nature Center to the community.
April, 2006: Roofing Structure going in to secure the building in sections (it's quite a large building)
May 2006: Then they removed the doors and windows, for a short period of time for the shooting of a horror movie. (The movie crew brought all the debris ... unfortunately, they didn't do too good a job removing it, so the men got to clean the building .... again)
To say the least, we are very sad. These men were doing a great thing that, one future day, would have been a great addition to the Nature Center, as well as the community as whole.
Their work on the building continues ... but at this point, only in the aspect of cleaning it up and securing it so it will not be a danger to those people who visit the Nature Center grounds.