For Tom and me, it was a very emotional day, the culmination of an incredible journey. We first saw the Delaney House back in October of 2009, so we've been working on 62nd Street for 4 years. Now seeing the project coming to completion, and seeing so many of our friends in the house, eating and talking and enjoying themselves, was a very powerful feeling.
One of the guests was Doris Anderson, the woman from whom we bought the house in 2009. Mrs. Anderson's family bought the house in 1947, and she came with her daughter and nephew, and shared wonderful stories about their family's life on 62nd Street. They were all happy to see the house restored and ready for occupants. They were particularly happy to see that the tree Mrs. Anderson's mother had planted in the front yard - the redwood tree we removed in 2010 - is now the trim and counters in the new first floor of the house.
Mrs. Anderson had sent us a photograph of herself at the house in about 1950:
Doris Anderson on the porch, circa 1950
So while she was at the house, we asked if we could recreate the photo, with Mrs. Anderson again on the porch of her family's home:
Doris Anderson, back on the porch on Saturday