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Work underway to repair Stratton-Porter home

GENEVA, Ind. (AP) — Limberlost State Historic Site, the former Geneva home of author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter, is undergoing restoration. The house, which is designed to look like a log cabin, has white cedar logs as siding. Over time, the elements have weathered some areas, and now they are in need of repair. Contractor Ken Schwartz recently removed the damaged logs and is now restoring those he can and re-creating those he cannot, The News-Sentinel reported. In a former schoolhouse about a block from the home, which was completed in 1895, Schwartz and his assistant, Jonas Graber, are just getting started on the restoration process. Many of the 82 logs they removed will have to be replaced, while others might be salvageable. The original siding was made from Wisconsin white cedar logs. They are being replaced with Michigan white cedar. Some of these logs had already been replaced in the late '90s by Schwartz, but they have not weathered as well as he ha... Read More >