Texas Heritage, Fall 1983 Page: 9
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Raumonda Home, Columbus, Texas
Built in 1887 by Henry Ilse in the Victorian
Style, with cypress timber, pine floors,
3 fireplaces and standing seam metal roof.
Restored in 1967 - 69. Sited on corner lot
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HONORING (continued from page 7)
it," says Lueckemeyer. "Mr. Bybee kept saying that
'we just gotta come up with a way to save that
wall."' The final solution from those sit-and-think
sessions of Bybee and Lueckemeyer was off-beat but
A series of channel-like holes were drilled
through the leaning wall at about the height of the
beltcourse separating the two floors. Long cables
with turnbuckles were secured through those channels
and firmly attached to the opposite outside
wall of the house. Each evening Lueckemeyer
"took-up a little on the tie rods." The tension
slowly increased over a period of several weeks until
the bulging wall had been pulled into a vertical
position. But that was only part of the restoration
job. "Then we dug sections under the wall and put
in reinforcing bars and concrete. We tied these sections
together with more steel bar and concrete until
we had a complete footing under the wall. We
cleaned out all the joints and replaced the old mortar
with cement. After all this was done, we
replastered it." Mr. Bybee brought the engineers
and architects around again to show them our
work. "They thought we had done the impossible,"
Lueckemeyer says with a broad smile on his face.
This talented German craftsman is now devoting
most of his time to reproducing and repairing old
furniture. Lueckemeyer says he would like to make
more reproductions of old pieces found in the
Texas Hill Country area. But the work is slow and
tedious. "You work all day and don't know that
you have done anything at all. But I like it." More
than half a century later he is learning new techniques
and methods of restoration. "I use both old
tools and modern power tools. I will take a piece of
lumber and put it through a power tool to take off
the saw blade marks, but restoration is mostly hand
work. You gotta finish your work by hand or you
can tell the difference. The finished piece has got
to look like the original - right down to the finish,
and the time it takes by hand makes it hard
Through his dedication to restoration for more
than half a century, Mr. Lueckemeyer has kept
alive the historic methods of carpentry and furniture
making. Asked about retirement plans
Lueckemeyer replied, "I love restoration work. It
gets in your blood and you don't want to do anything
else. It takes a lot of time and that's one
thing I've got plenty of."
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