It was great to hear from you. This is, indeed, a wonderful project. I am passing the information you gave, and a printed biblio from the website you suggested, to the site administrator, Jim Baker. Would you provide a "pony express" address for him since he is not on the internet at his site yet.
I am his district supervisor, which means I supervise the administrator's at 17 sites in southern Missouri, one of which is Jim's (the Felix Valle site). The particular house, that has this fireplace, is in Ste. Genevieve, and was built in 1819 by a frenchman by the name of Jean Baptiste Bossier. The town of Ste. Genevieve has a large collection of french colonial homes of the late 18th and early 19th period. We own 4 of these homes.
The house built by Bossier is now referred to as the Shaw house. The fireplace has puzzled the site administrator since the structure's restoration began. One of the most puzzling pieces is that the fireplace has a cantilevered configuration below floor level supporting the hearth. Are you familiar with this? We will be happy to correspond with you and "pick your brain" for any help you can provide us in doing our best restoration.
I will copy Jim Baker on your email so he can send photos and you can correspond through email to me and I will get it to Jim quicker than the overland route.
Thanks for your help thusfar. I look forward to working with you on this project.
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