James Hennig Interview Clip 01

Title

James Hennig Interview Clip 01

Description

First impressions of the former music school building when it was purchased in 1978.

Date

2016-08-07

Creator

James Hennig

Contributor

Alyse Hennig

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Language

English

Type

sound

Identifier

2016-08-07-hennig_james_clip01

Spatial Coverage

Rockville Centre, NY

Extent

02:01

Transcription

A: So do you remember the first time you came inside after the house was purchased?

J: I wish you had given me time to think about that.

A: You can take your time and think about that, and you can always add on your thoughts at the end.

J: I’m having trouble remembering exactly, but I do remember coming in through the house and being amazed at the size of the living room – stage area, and just the overall size, all the rooms, the multiple stairways that were interesting and something we’d never seen before. The dumbwaiter was very intriguing then.

A: That’s right, I almost forgot about the dumbwaiter. Ok, we’ll come back to that. Do you remember a little bit about the look of the house? Maybe was there furniture inside, were the walls painted or wallpapered? Anything visual about the house.

J: There was a lot of peeling and disrepair. The plumbing had frozen, so there were cracked toilets, and there was in the basement there was a giant antiquated air conditioning and heating system, which probably was pretty revolutionary for its time back then, but that had to get ripped out because that was completely in disrepair.

A: That’s interesting that you say that, because in the original program that announces the opening of the house, it actually says there is a modern heating and cooling system that’s essentially state of the art for the time, so I think you’re right about that, it was probably the original from 1936.

J: I’m sure it was.

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James Hennig, “James Hennig Interview Clip 01,” Edith McIntosh School of Music Digital Scrapbook: A Community History Project, accessed September 21, 2017, http://edithsmusicrvc.com/items/show/291.