Roving Reporter | "Things Seen Around Town" by Vicki Totten

The crew preparing to replace the two large plate glass windows at Estelle Stair Gallery.

Whether you are a local or a first time visitor to Rockport, if you have ever driven downtown on Austin Street, you most likely have seen the iconic red brick building that houses Estelle Stair Gallery.  The late 1800's structure has seen its share of storms throughout the years, but thankfully even Hurricane Harvey couldn't bring it down.

Each section had to be scored and then carefully taken out.

While the interior suffered extensive damage, the exterior looks fairly unscathed except for damage to one of the huge plate glass windows.

Starting to look a bit naked until the new glass goes in.

It took a crew of four people to carefully score each section of the window before lifting it out of its frame in preparation for installation of the new glass.  Another of the large windows was also being replaced at the same time, due not to the hurricane, but because of a recent bullet hole shot through the window.

Gallery owner Lisa Baer's husband John Paul was on hand to supervise the delicate work, watching as the huge sheets were lifted out and carried away.  While there is still much work left to be done to the interior, it was yet another sign of recovery to the downtown area.

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