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The Artist's Loft
The building in which the Purple Pelican Gallery is contained dates to 1904 and was one of the original buildings in downtown Spooner during the railroad boom years through the 1930s. This 1500 square foot Loft apartment above the gallery was carefully restored in 2005 after having been unoccupied for over 35 years. It had at one time been two small apartments that had fallen into total disrepair and completely renovated with all new wiring, plumbing and a 3-ton HVAC unit mounted on the roof.

Five 30-yard dumpster loads of demolition debris were removed from the building as the upstairs was gutted to the bare walls (which were plaster-covered brick). What you see is the original maple floor with a dark stain. The windows are now 4-foot by 7-foot thermal-paned units looking out over historic Walnut Street. The only other room is the bathroom as the 1300 square-foot main room encloses the rest of the living, dining, kitchen, and bedroom areas with large common spaces and a ceiling that rises to almost 15 feet on the front wall. Blown polyurethane foam insulation in the ceiling and outside walls is sound absorbent and keeps heating and cooling bills low.

Terry designed the apartment and Esa decorated it, while local artisan and friend Joe Juza contracted the work. The hallway has 22 steps straight up from the sidewalk but a stair lift was installed for convenience. The Everroads have said, "We're in it for the duration and if our ship comes in, we'll put in an elevator." They entertain frequently and have hosted private house concerts by reputable musicians, as well as beer and wine tastings, with as many as thirty-five guests seated in the front living area.

The Loft is open to the public once a year during the Fall Splendor Art Meander in late September.

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