I hope everyone else appreciates your fabulous skills like we do! Enjoy "the before" footage of The Depot and look forward to "the after" footage that will come!
|A photo of how the original dining room looked in its heyday.|
The dining room (facing Phillips) was added to The Depot and opened up to the public May 1886.
The dining room had a suspended ceiling with no posts to support the wooden beams of the ceiling. The suspended ceiling was a grand idea for the time since the dancers would not have to worry about flinging their partners into the poles.
The dining room was where Faulkner liked to "people watch" and where Ole Miss students and Memphis bands would take the train to have a party every Saturday night.
In the video you will see barrels filled with metal scraps and those were left in the room when my grandfather, O.B. Kerr, used it for his factory.
In the 1990's, Gwendolynn Wyatt (O.B. Kerr's granddaughter) and her mother Mary Eleanor Wyatt (O.B. Kerr's daughter) were in the next room when the suspended ceiling of the dining room fell with a thud.
Unfortunately, one wall shifted slightly to the right and the beams had nothing to support them so they just fell. It was not a dramatic sound. To those in the next room, it sounded like a chair falling to the floor. No earth shattering experience, just a little "umph" was heard.
Although it looks like it is in "ruins" on the video, experts we have consulted say that the wood "looks good!" Most of the wood looks like it can just be put back and used again. All we have to do is fix the walls and add more supports to the cieling so that this will never fall again.