We're happy to report that the mansard tower roof has been completely restored and the entire Bonine House has been re-roofed thanks to a generous donation by Mary Anne Bonine in honor of her late husband, Alan.
Plastering Completed at the Bonine House
With the re-roof of the entire house, it was time to repair the extensive water damage found in every room and Joe Evans of Cassopolis was waiting for the call. Joe is a master plasterer; been doing it since he was 17--and he'll be 85 in September. He originally plastered the Bonine House when Tom Crosslin was restoring it in the late 90's.
Bonine House Restoration
Mike Moroz, president of URSCC, in front of the Bonine House doors that he stripped and refinished in Fall 2013.
While the plastering was being restored on the living room ceiling, this beautiful stencil design was discovered surrounding the entire room. The top photo shows what one corner of the ceiling is like now. The lower photo is a digitally enhanced version done by increasing the saturation (brightness) of the colors and copying the intact portions of the design. I cannot be certain of the exact colors but this gives an impression of what the stencil art might be like when we are able to get an artist to restore the design.
The Bonine House
Underground Railroad Society
of Cass County, Michigan