House tour: Greg and Stephanie Moore 11.14

Written by David Green.

For Greg and Stephanie Moore, it was a case of love at first sight.

Lots of brick, lots of space, lots of possibilities.

“When my husband and I first looked at the house, we fell in love with it,” Stephanie said. “We loved the brick, and it’s all brick—not just a façade. It had lots of potential and lots of room.”

And then the work began, and maybe someday it will end. So it goes for the owners of an older home, but it’s all worth the effort for the Moores.

Changes began right on the front porch which was enclosed when they bought the house.

“That was our first, scary project,” Stephanie said.

The wood supporting the screens was rotting in places so they decided to tear out rather than repair. They’re content with the open-air porch and intend to leave it that way.

Inside the porch is a foyer with a slate floor—slate that Stephanie believes could be original. A glance into the living room shows there’s plenty of original woodwork.

The living room features a fireplace with a cast iron covering, surrounded by brickwork that continues onto the floor. A built-in bookcase is on the opposite wall, just to the right of a large glass pocket door leading into the dining room.

 

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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