The loosening of several window shutters demonstrated the degree to which the exterior painted surfaces had been yellowed. The house is three stories tall and it sat on a large base with a four inch high foundation where bulky wiring terminated.
The foundation plantings were made from over-scaled plastic faux greenery hot-glued into the base.
Another issue stemmed from Gretchen's smoking habit.
But the first job when we got it home was removing the contents and giving the house a comprehensive cleaning that was rather desperately needed.
I was presented with an unusual opportunity around Thanksgiving 2016 when out of the blue, I received an email from the son of the late Gretchen Deans.
If you are a newer collector, you may not know that Gretchen was one of the three founders of the original Nutshell News magazine back in 1971 and served as the East Coast editor for some years.
She often added her own embellishments to the commercial items.
Gretchen had sold all her other houses by the early 2000's (I knew her Howard Hartmann colonial house had been sold to Jane Haskell) but Gretchen kept this one because it was so deeply personal.
I made it clear to her son that I intended to respect Gretchen's memory and honor her personal qualities when the house came home with me.