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big dog 1953
1890 Keyhole house baloon foundation help

We have purchased this house and a group of professionals are trying to figure out the best way to fix this foundation. The house was filled from under the house to the attic-almost solid! I only mention this because we think the immense weight caused the floors to sink and pull the sides down with them. The exterior is stucco, next is a layering of bricks, then lathe and plaster-with an air space in between the bricks and the plaster. The bricks were secured to the frame of the house by metal straps. Because the floors have pulled these down they are at (approx.) a 10-20 degree angle. An option discussed is to first install pilings under the floors and shore this up, then spray gunite(sp.) into the spaces between the brisks to create a rigid frame that is waterproof. Please any comments, suggestions etc...

Re: 1890 Keyhole house baloon foundation help

What was it filled solid with?
What information are you looking for?
It's pretty hard for anyone here to offer suggestions when it's sight unseen , besides you have professionals there offering advice.
Judging by what you have mentioned so far it sounds like it might be cheaper to salvage anything of worth , tear it down and rebuild it.

big dog 1953
Re: 1890 Keyhole house baloon foundation help

This house is the "Castle of Chaos" and the long-time home of the Andrus family-Specifically Jerry Andrus. It was filled with objects that he either used to create new magic illusions or thought that it would be useful someday. Mr. Andrus died last year after living a recluse life for over 60+ years. The items were sorted and saved as appropriate to start a museum in the future. It is the only one of it's kind in this area. It has a 3 tiered foundation-2 walls of brick and a third of cement. The exterior is also a layer of brick covered by a layer of stucco. The keyhole house is in Oregon. That it is in Oregon adn has survived the rains and wear and tear of time-is an oddity. If you go to utube and search for Andrus brothers, you can get a better idea of the houses history. As for the professionals, they are open-minded and like the idea of thinking outsidethe box to arrive at the best solution to save this house. Because of the stucco exterior, it is neccessary to do most of the repairs from the interior on the brick masonary and at the same time create a rigid bonding of brick to brick and brick to stucco. If you have any ideas, please feel free to share them. If not, well, thanks for reading this posting. :)

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