Stop by the log house at 818 N. Fountain St. on Saturday, July 6, to help salvage the logs and other historic materials from this historic landmark.
Despite the poor condition, the inside of the house is quite interesting. The walls of the front room were layered with several materials, including horizontal logs, a thick covering of straw and mud, and various kinds of wallpaper. All of this was hidden behind ugly wood paneling.
The mud and straw plastering is well preserved, but unfortunately it won't be possible to save this (except for small samples) when the logs are dismantled.
Termites have invaded the rear wall of the log cabin, which now sits in the middle of the house. Some of these logs are a total loss.
The "new addition" at the rear of the house is quite old itself. It features walls composed of vertical timbers filled with brick rubble.
Over the years, I've championed various historic preservation projects on this blog. The Fountain Street log house provides an opportunity to get directly involved with saving a structure.
For more information, see Jim Blakemore's "Save A Cape Girardeau, MO Log Cabin" page on Facebook.