Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bonnie Albury's House

At one point in the not too distant past this venerable old home looked like it might even collapse. Now it is close to being completely restored.

Bonnie Albury lived alone in his vast spacious great place and quite the character she was too. She was a former school teacher in Key West and in retirement she developed what had perhaps been a lifelong trait of reticence. She hated seeing passerby photograph her most photogenic home. Painters on the sidewalk irritated her to distraction. She wanted to be left to herself, a sentiment with which I am very much in tune.

Now I admire the home restored, the brilliant paint, the new chance at a future for a building that was slowly imploding under the weight of the years. Now the house shines bright as a diamond in the Fall sunshine.

Much has been done with much more left to do. No doubt time will pass and the work will be completed on Southard Street.