I think the gargoyle drop was in 1921:My information is that ..."in 1938, a 500-lb. chunk of one of the gargoyles fell off, tearing a hole in the roof and landing in the attic. Soon after that, all four gargoyles were removed in the interest of public safety.
Replica gargoyles were installed in 2002."
This info from: http://www.traditionalproductreports.com/roofing-copper.html
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It looks to me that a lot of what is seen is either lens or film distortion. It does seem to sage across its width, which is not uncommon in older buildings because of overspan/undersized beams and joists and inadequate foundation support, but the ridgeline looks flat. Our former 1890s farmhouse sagged to the centre until we put jackposts in, but that didn't mean it wasn't solid.If it was in *that* shape by then, I wonder how it managed to last another 50 years before being moved to Pioneer Village (unless it underwent some kind of rehab/proto-restoration in the interim)
I note that females were, apparently, not seen to be up to debating (or maybe were all busily making sandwiches while the 'boys' had their photo taken.)
What a clever idea to have them hold the tools of their trade. Why are so many wearing shirt and tie? Is that what they wore for construction work? Did they dress up for photo day? Maybe it was taken one Sunday after church and they put their overalls and aprons on over their good clothes. Such an interesting photo with creative direction!