Here are a few more images of the results of the disastrous fire that spelled the end of 7396 Flora Avenue. You can link to the first post here.
An elegant half newel post at the top of the stairs. The spindles of the balustrade are slender and well done.
I have forgotten the name of this gentleman standing at the top of the stairs on the second floor. He’s not me in case you are wondering.
The stairs to the attic.
Front bedroom bedlam.
Antique furniture gone to rack and ruin.
Antique dresser splintered.
Front bedroom with view of the church.
A rolltop desk can be glimpsed through the debris.
The bottom of an antique cupboard.
The side of the same cupboard.
The top of the same cupboard.
I started to describe this scene as carnage but then thought I better look that one up. Sure enough, awful as it is, it’s not carnage. Thankfully no people or animals were lost in this fire.
A push button wall switch.
A very nice walnut table inside the enclosed sleeping porch.
Another look at that beautiful staircase.
In the basement.
The fuel tank that may have contributed to the conflagration.
I’ll end with a few items that turned up during the research. Here is the first. In 1918, Alfred Weidmer’s car was stolen.
In 1932, the Weidmer’s daughter was married. The Weidmers had moved from 7396 Flora sometime prior to 1922 when the first Dr. Clifford bought it.
Although Alfred had passed in 1937, Mary Weidmer lived until 1961.
What is the takeaway from all of these pictures of destruction? I suppose it is don’t take the threat of a fire lightly. Proper fire safety precautions should be adopted by us all. There was no coming back for 7396 Flora after this conflagration. Be thankful for and protective of our historic buildings.
As always thanks to everyone who has commented on the posts and sent tips, suggestions, etc. by email or otherwise. I appreciate your support.
Doug Houser March 9, 2020