Eagle Scout project helping to restore historic rectory

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LEOPOLD – Nathan Bashor isn’t refurbishing rooms in just any house for his Eagle Scout project. The 19-year-old member of Troop 191 is renovating a bedroom and bathroom in the St. Augustine Church rectory and is hoping for a little community support in the effort.

Parishioners worked several years ago to refurnish the lower level of the 90-year-old home, but some of the upstairs rooms still needed work.

Bashor decided to tackle the bedroom and bath, removing old bathroom fixtures and wallpaper. A thin coat of plaster was placed on the bedroom walls and ceiling and finished in a circular pattern.

“I think it really looks nice,” Nathan said during a tour last Monday.

The original hardwood floor in the bedroom will be kept, sanded and refinished. Nathan’s dad, Dwaine, said a relatively clear finish will be applied that will allow the natural color of the pine wood to show.

Like many homes of its era, the 1920s rectory is rich in woodwork, from the tongue-and-groove floors to trim around walls and windows and in hallways.

One historic aspect of the upstairs will remain. A large clawfoot tub is in a storage room until the bathroom is complete.

Nathan will have the work done by April’s anticipated awarding of his Eagle rank.

The estimated cost of the work is $2,050, which includes skin coating of the walls and ceiling and painting and refinishing floors. Anyone wanting to help the project can send donations payable to Eagle Scout Restoration Project and mailed to Nathan Bashor, 12450 E. Bandon Road, Branchville, IN 47514.