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name for the 136 year old historic home they're restoring on Fifth Avenue in Albany's Hackleman Historic District. They do, however, have their own monikers for some of their projects to date. There's the "Spiral of Idiocy" in the backyard, for instance: a brick planter whose graceful curves initially threatened to get out of hand. Visitors can get there by treading the "Path of Stupidity," giant flagstones the couple hauled into place, with great effort, by themselves. The "Doorway to Death" at the rear of the Gold Nike Air Force 1
"It's painful," he said, "but it gets done. "The van Rossman home will be one of six homes on this year's self guided tour, which also includes the the United Presbyterian Church, the downtown Carnegie Library, Albany Regional Museum, Monteith House Museum and the Historic Carousel Museum. at the Albany Visitors Association, 110 Third Ave. S. Information is available by calling the AVA at 541 928 0911. The van Rossman home was listed in Albany's city directory as of 1878 but may in fact be older. It was once two houses that eventually were put together as one. Rusty has always wanted to work on a historic home, and the price of the Fifth Avenue structure was good. No one had made an offer, nor did anyone appear to be interested. He and his wife were determined to save it from the only other choice: demolition. They did have second thoughts on seeing the scope Air Force 1 Dark Grey of the work awaiting them. The home had been a rental since 1910 and little Air Force One Red Suede
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of the house, which right now is stuffed with boxes, a piano and items Rusty uses in his work. What visitors might learn from the tour: "That we're insane?" Robyn joked. "She says I'm behind in saying, 'I'm sorry,'" said Rusty, who explained his wife told him he owed her a daily apology for the purchase. On a serious note, both added, they love the home and are eager to see it restored to its rightful p.
home currently leads to a steep drop until the couple can put in a deck. Saturday, July 26. Sometimes, the two say, they feel it should fall into a similar category. Robyn remembers the day she and Rusty learned the owner had accepted the lowball offer they'd casually thrown out. "We looked at each other and said, 'Now what do we do?'" she said with a wry laugh. That was in 2006. The couple have since ripped out carpets, refinished floors, pulled down walls, removed windows and done many other odd jobs to reduce what was once three separate apartments to a livable space for two empty nesters. They have more work to do yet, which visitors will be able to see as they make the tour. It's a "project house," Rusty explained, which means other do it yourselfers can see it really is possible to live and work in a home that's still under restoration.
"It was terrible," Robyn recalled. "A lot of 1970s badness. Paneling. . It was totally modernized, but not done well. "Slowly, the two are bringing the building back to its Western vernacular farmhouse roots. The kitchen is complete, as is the parlor and the upstairs. Work remains on the dining area and the entire west wing Air Force Online
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