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Valley Resident Studying Area’s River-Rock Homes

Fri., April 12, 1996

Spokane Valley resident Don Rhodewalt has undertaken an ambitious study and needs your help, that is, if you live in or know of a house built with river rock.

Rhodewalt became interested after buying a house in which the builder utilized the naturally rounded river rocks. When he looked for information about the style, he found it lacking.

He’ll turn the results of the study - photos, historical details, home descriptions - over to the Spokane Public Library and the Spokane Historic Preservation office.

To date, Rhodewalt’s found 10 homes in Spokane. He’s looking for others. Most were built in the 1920s and ‘30s in the Craftsman style. He’s only interested in those structures that had at least the exterior facing of the first floor built of the rocks. Many builders utilized the river rocks only in a decorative way, and those homes don’t qualify for this study.

If you know of a structure that qualifies, write Rhodewalt at 1105 N. Bowdish Road, Opportunity, WA 99206; or call him at 922-8127.

De ja vu

Last week we noted the “Gardening in Spite of It All” lecture, part of the Yard and Garden Series sponsored by the Spokane County/WSU Cooperative Extension. We listed the workshop one week early, however. That lecture, which focuses on gardening with physical limitations, will be next Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Extension office, 222 N. Havana. Cost is $5.

For free

Woodworking continues to gain cachet as a hobby, and among those responding to the interest is Georgia-Pacific Building Products.

The company’s offering two free brochures with plans for a Shaker plate shelf and a bookcase/end table. For copies of the brochures, write Georgia-Pacific, PO Box 1763, Norcross, GA 30091.

You do the audit

This audit has nothing to do with taxes; it’s about saving money. A home energy audit can help save on your energy bills. For free information on how to assess your home’s energy efficiency, call the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse at (800) 363-3732.

, DataTimes

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