It was love, Jimmy.
You, your friends and half the youth of Norwell, Mass all snuck in and climbed the ladder up to the top floor of the old water tower on Pleasant Street.
It was a right of passage, making out and leaving your mark on the walls, no doubt.
But the bloom of love fades, and so did the frame and fixings of the tower, built over a hand-dug well and one of only a handful in the area.
Pret, always one to encourage romance, stabilized the frame from the sills on up, and replaced the upper floor where the water tank used to be.
The sheathing was put back in place and newly sawn pine made the floors.
Russ took on the challenge of shingling the works, once the frame was repaired.
And restored windows, as they are want to do, changed the entire complexion of the structure.
Justin worked his OCD magic on the deck and railings.
The details of construction were based on old photographs of the building.
Our ladder was utilitarian-
-but the original “stairs” were in remarkable condition and happily re-used.
With its new roof and a cheerful, if phallic, finial on top, there’s no reason this unique feature shouldn’t last for at least another 150 years.
He is still loved, last we saw.