While the Baker restoration team, who visited city council last Tuesday, is working diligently to complete the final touches on funding, the Marshes are doing their part as well.
For those looking to see the floor plan of the Baker, the Marshes have it on display inside JBRC. Through the past six years, they recall many members of the Baker restoration team, including Director of Finances Laird Fairchild, stopping by multiple times for a cup of coffee to ponder ideas on restoring the Baker. In combination with this, their business location and a desire to see the hotel restored, they only saw fit to have the restoration floor plans in their shop.
Since Feb. 11, when the floor plans arrived, the Marshes have had many people stop by to view the plans. As a part of their commitment to seeing the Baker restored, the Marshes decided to take names and ask where all these people are from – more than half are from out of town. A few names include:
• Josey Lynn from California who said she “can't wait.”
• Matthew Eaton from Oklahoma who said he “can't wait to make a reservation.”
• Mark Doak from West Virginia who said he is “glad to see it.”
• Rhonda Curl from Georgia who said she is “so excited [and has] been several times.”
• Carla Boland from South Carolina who said she “would love to see it restored,” adding that “it's beautiful.”
The Marshes chose to start this list for many reasons, including the desire to honor the restoration team, and to prove to locals who don't believe that restoration will happen, that there are people coming from all over just to see the Baker in a new glory. They encourage residents and visitors to stop by, sign in and learn more about the historical building and the people fighting for it.
“We are ready,” Laura Marsh said.