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    Hello friends,

    Welcome to a HO scale scratch build of a 3 story, 24 room historic hotel, located just a few miles from my birth place,
    in western New York state. The White Inn in Fredonia, N.Y., was originally built by Devillo White in 1868.
    The prominent local family began building the grand structure as their primary residence.
    Many transformations & ownership changes have occurred over the past 153 years.

    Sadly, the building sits idle today and is for sale once again. Recently, a possible new buyer has approached the town.
    We shall see... First ..a vintage postcard...

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    Later on in life...

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    It became a popular landmark- Victorian decorated rooms, with a restaurant and night club.
    I performed there every weekend with my father and brother in our family jazz trio in the early 70's.

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    As it sits abandoned today, winter ice/snow storms have dropped the mature & beautiful trees...

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    I began with analyzing all the photos I had and a few published dimensions. I found adequate Tichy masonry windows, but they'll
    need muntin removal.
    Drawings of the building and separate sub-sections took several days.

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    I built a mockup to determine the 3d space, and it exceeded 12" wide. I reduced all my numbers by roughly 15%,
    to eliminate splicing the sheet goods and strip wood.

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    The JTT brick sheet I'm using was a real bargain I stumbled on, roaming the aisles of Hobby Lobby.
    It's usually $7.00 USD for two sheets. It's super thin (.02") and will need a lot of support. The bricks are a bit long for HO scale,
    but it all gets painted white, with no mortar needed...

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    Due to it's size, I decided not to include later additions to the structure in back. So it's simply a 4 wall rectangle,
    a small balcony above the front door, a 6 column portico, 2 long porches and multiple decorative elements.
    I gave the walls a spray coat of white primer. Cutting out 59 openings here, nearly all windows...

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    Till next time...


  • #2
    Carl I will follow this build looks like a monumental task!!



    • #3
      Carl, this looks like a very interesting structure to model, and it appears your already off to a great start!
      I look forward to following your progress on this one.



      • #4
        An interesting structure made more so by its ties to you and your family, Carl.

        Great buy on those brick wall sections.
        Wow, 59 wall openings! Click image for larger version

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        • #5
          I'll be following along. Always in awe of your scratch build projects.

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          • #6
            WOW Carl, you are taking on a big one this time. This will take you the rest of this year to work on.

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            • #7
              This is going to be another impressive one Carl.

              Karl. A


              • #8
                A challenging build, but I know Carl is just the man for the job.
                Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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                • #9
                  Carl you certainly are taking on a Granddaddy of a build; but like the others have already stated....if anyone can
                  pull this off you can in grand style. Have fun.
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                  • #10
                    Carl, Are you working off of any original blueprints, or are those transposed from photos? I had to laugh at the 'vintage photo', they had it looking like a porcupine with all those TV antennas on the roof. You know I'll be following along on this one.

                    Take the red pill


                    • #11
                      It looks like you're off to a good start with all those window openings.

                      Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.


                      • #12
                        Just like you promised, a new build in September.


                        • #13
                          Hey Carl, This already looks like a tedious project, and one I will be following for sure.
                          With all of those window openings, one will have to make a ton of furniture to compliment the interior too. This will be a gigantic project.

                          Looking great so far.



                          • #14
                            Looking very interesting, Carl.

                            Yes - I can see several days in drawing. A very fine set of plans they are, too.

                            Cheers, Mark.


                            • #15
                              Carl, My wife went to SUNY Fredonia and was surprised that anyone had heard of that tiny Hamlet let alone is modeling part of it.
                              Looks like a good beginning on another neat build.