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van dyke place
Yesterday Allan gave an informal tour of the William M. Finck mansion to Scott, Jason N., and myself. This was the house that was purchased by some tub of crap from Findlay, Ohio named Mike Mallett for $115k who attempted to strip the home of all its priceless architectural details. Thankfully he was stopped, and now Allan's task will be figuring out how to piece everything back together.



The West Village mansion was built in 1900 for Mr. and Mrs. William Muir Finck. It was later the home and studio of fashion designer Ruth Joyce. It was finally converted to a restaurant in the early 70s and was used for that purpose until the late 90s/early 2000s.


Mr. and Mrs. William M. Finck


The house has since been purchased by Mike Higgins of Broderick Tower and Leland Hotel fame.

I learned something about my own house on this tour. Allan said that the plaster walls of this house were covered with canvas before painting in order to prevent the walls from cracking as the house settled. When working on Bumble Bee House, I ripped down canvas that covered the walls of the dining room. I couldn't figure out why it was there. Was it some sort of thick, fabric wallpaper? Don suggested it was some kind of asbestos fire protection, but plaster alone is already fire resistant. But now I know what it was and why it was applied.

I really don't like those little sconce lights. The place looked better without 'em.

How are you supposed to illuminate a room without lining the perimeter with a pair of sconce lights every five feet?

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