Display Installation for Maasdam Barns Museum
Professional exhibits and displays are being installed in the Welcome Center, which will serve as a welcome center and museum.
(Sept 6, 2011) Design, creation and installation is by Historic Iowa Exhibit Design.
(Sept 6, 2011) Jennie Bailey has considerable experience in museum exhibit design.
(Sept 6, 2011) Computers help considerably.
(Sept 6, 2011) But there is still a lot of handwork.
(Sept 7, 2011) Exhibit contractors built the model barns.
(Sept 7, 2011) This is the Mare Barn.
(Sept 7, 2011) Many more displays still need to be installed.
(Sept 7, 2011) Such as these in the "front bedroom".
(Update Oct 8, 2011) These Maasdam Family trophies and other items are now on display in the Welcome Center.
These items were on display at the Carnegie Museum in Fairfield. Jacob Maasdam wore these shoes.
Other items are currently on display at the Carnegie Museum in Fairfield. Carnegie Museum website
Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph.
More renovation photos of the Museum follow, from 2011, 2010, and 2009
This house was moved here from downtown to serve as a Museum. Renovation took place from 2009 to 2011 (newest photos at top).
Apr 24, 2011. Modifications were made to the original landscaping plan.
Apr 24, 2011. Dirt was moved to create a ramp up to the front porch.
Apr 24, 2011. The sidewalk-ramp around to the front of the Welcome Center was built.
Apr 24, 2011. What happened to the front porch???
Apr 24, 2011. The sidewalk-ramp leads back down to the old farm lane.
Apr 24, 2011. The renovation of the rear of the Welcome Center is almost finished.
Apr 24, 2011. The grey doors provide direct access to the new restrooms.
Apr 24, 2011. The Museum is in the background as we leave the Maasdam Barns complex for now.
May 14, 2011. Today volunteers are working in the Museum. Note the expanded sidewalk system.
May 14, 2011. First, a look at the contractor's progress on the new concrete base of the front porch.
May 14, 2011. This will make it easier to connect to the sidewalk (and require less maintenance).
May 14, 2011. Many windows were covered so as to accommodate displays. They are being painted while wiring overhead lights.
May 14, 2011. Attention is paid to the existing woodwork.
May 14, 2011. The "front bedroom" is ready for the displays.
May 14, 2011. The basement is framed in and is being wired and plumbed.
June 5, 2011. The entrance sidewalk to the Welcome Center is in place.
June 11, 2011. The porch is finished.
June 5, 2011. Well, almost.
June 5, 2011. Let's go around back.
June 11, 2011. Dr. Baumann paints while Dick Reed, ... well....
June 11, 2011. Now the interior work is down to details.
June 11, 2011. Looking from the kitchen into the living room.
June 11, 2011.
June 11, 2011. New bathroom fixtures have been installed.
June 11, 2011. Waiting for the displays to be installed.
July 16, 2011. Preparing to install the light fixtures in the bathroom.
July 16, 2011. The volunteers need a break.
Aug 13, 2011. The women keep working, painting the "kitchen".
Painting the kitchen in the Welcome Center. (Aug 13, 2011)
Painted kitchen cabinet doors and drawers drying in the basement. (Aug 13, 2011)
Renovation process on the Museum in 2010
This house was moved here from downtown to serve as a Museum. It is slowly being renovated mostly with volunteer labor.
Scroll down for more photos. Oldest photos at the top.
05/15/10 Renovation of the interior of the Museum resumed after a winter hiatus.
05/15/10 The floor is being sanded in preparation for refinishing.
05/15/10 The corners are done with a special sander.
05/15/10 These old newspapers were glued to the bedroom floor (why?), and will be sanded off.
05/15/10 The attic may be fixed up later.
05/15/10 Building the stairway down to the basement and up to the kitchen (to the right).
05/22/10 The newly-sanded floor is covered with rosin paper to protect it during renovation.
05/22/10 All the electrical fixtures must be removed.
05/22/10 New wiring will be installed later.
05/22/10 The bathroom mirror goes.
06/19/10 Heavy rain has created mud, but the grass is green.
06/19/10 The stairs to the kitchen are roughed in.
06/19/10 The kitchen is now the staging area.
06/19/10 The basement will be finished later.
06/19/10 All of the wood trim was refinished with clear urethane and must be covered before the walls are painted.
06/19/10 Some of the original plaster needs to be covered with Sheetrock.
06/19/10 Most of the plaster can be saved by patching.
06/19/10 Decisions must be made.
06/19/10 Rosin paper is cut to size to protect the wood trim.
07/02/10 The front gable gets paint, now that the old paint has been scraped off.
07/02/10 The porch will be fixed later.
07/02/10 Meanwhile, joint compound is being mixed.
07/02/10 Next, it gets poured into the spray-device hopper.
07/02/10 Spraying is an efficient way to apply the joint-compound.
07/02/10 A rough texture is left on the walls and ceiling.
07/02/10 The living room-dining room area needs a little more.
07/02/10 When the compound is dry, paint will be sprayed onto the walls.
07/10/10 The rear gable gets a primer coat....
07/10/10 ...while the front gable gets more paint.
07/10/10 Meanwhile, inside, a primer coat gets applied to the walls.
07/10/10 It was decided to brush and roll the walls instead of spraying.
07/10/10 Cutting-in along the ceiling, where the roller does not reach adequately.
07/10/10 The hallway and bedrooms also have received the primer coat.
07/10/10 Break time.
07/24/10 Some walls in the living room are being painted in darker colors.
07/24/10 Most of the walls will remain the lighter color.
07/24/10 Only the east wall of the "back bedroom" gets painted in a dark color.
07/24/10 Wayne is painting so fast that the roller is blurred.
07/24/10 The east wall of the "front bedroom" got painted in the dark color, but may need to be changed.
07/24/10 The west wall of the "front bedroom" gets a dark color of paint.
07/24/10 All wood trim was taped up before the walls and ceilings were painted.
07/24/10 The 1/4-round moulding for the baseboard was being stained in the basement.
08/07/10 The final color of light gray paint is finished above the porch roof.
08/07/10 The tape has been removed from the woodwork.
08/07/10 Looking toward the kitchen.
08/07/10 The "front bedroom".
08/22/10 The trim has been painted in dark gray - next the siding will be painted in a lighter gray.
08/22/10 The windows themselves still need work.
08/22/10 Painting under the eves is not fun.
09/30/10 A foundation for a new garage was built next to the Museum.
09/30/10 The exterior is painted, except for the rear section.
Oct 7, 2010. Finishing work on the garage foundation.
Oct 11, 2010. Dirt along the Welcome Center will be allowed to settle until spring, when a concrete ramp will be poured.
Oct 11, 2010. More work will be done on the front porch.
Nov 11, 2010. The floor of the garage was poured.
Renovation process on the Museum in 2009
Scroll down for more photos. Oldest photos at the top.
This is what the house looked like after it was moved here in 05/28/09. Removal of the old paint in preparation for new paint began on the other side.
08/2/09 The Museum, with garage.
08/22/09 The back porch walls are being removed.
08/22/09 The porch floor is being removed.
09/05/09 Paint removal is moving around to the south side.
09/05/09 Scaffolding makes things easier.
09/05/09 Museum to the left, barns to the right in the back.
09/05/09 Work is slow, since it is all by volunteers. To the right is the lane to the barns.
09/09/09 Interior work is also underway - photos are below.
09/26/09 Work was done on the inside and outside of the house, and the Mare Barn loft was cleaned out.
09/26/09 The back porch area is being transformed into 2 rest rooms.
09/26/09 Paint removal continues.
09/26/09 The front porch is the only way to get inside now.
09/26/09 The "living room" inside the house, before interior renovation began.
09/26/09 Looking from the living room into the "dining room", and "kitchen".
09/26/09 The "kitchen". All of the rooms will be transformed into something else.
09/26/09 The "back bedroom".
09/26/09 The basement is being made into a living area.
09/26/09 All of the old house wiring and duct work must be removed.
09/26/09 A volunteer brought food - it's time for a break.
10/18/09 Now that the old paint has been removed, it is time for the north side to get a primer coat.
10/18/09 The south side also needs more primer.
10/18/09 Since the last workday, the rest rooms have been enclosed.
11/28/09 The prime coat has been applied. Painting will resume in the spring.
11/28/09 All but the gables have been primed.
11/28/09 The front porch will be updated, including a ramp.
11/28/09 Work ceased for 2009 as winter arrived.
Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph.
Go to Origins of the Museum/Visitors Center.
Photo from the 1920's showing Aunt Marie with one of the horses sold here.
Click here to see the Louden Machinery Company website
Partially funded by REAP