New Life for an Old Bottle

To temporarily bear the weight of the stuccoed bottle, a pair of 2x10s supported by pole jacks was bolted to each 16-inch on-center stud (note the curved bottom plate below the temporary 2x10s).

New steel beams were passed in through an opening in the outside wall (visible at lower left), raised into position, and welded together.

Clearing away the forest of temporary jacks left an open, unobstructed work space.

The restored interior was finished with drywall on steel studs. The circular opening that extends upward toward the bottle’s neck is visible at rear.

Structurally reinforced and freshly painted, the landmark bottle is once again open for business.

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