ALBANY - Earlier this year as part of our "Your Town Tuesday" series we told you the story about Jack Evens, and his renovation project in downtown Albany. After eleven months of working the Lake Wobegon Trail Gallery is ready for everyone to enjoy.

"Just to see it at this stage now is a special thing for us," says Evens.

You can find before and after pictures below.

The gallery opened up two weeks ago, when Evens put the finishing touches on the room. It features a lot of the original pieces that were found in the building when it first opened as a bank. For example, Even's work now hangs on the original brick.

"It's just an amazing job of that to, to just keep it the way it looked originally," says Evens.

Evens was also able to find the original stain glass windows that separated the president's office, and the rest of the bank. All he had to do was slip in the holding pin.

Evens says, "It's like they never left the building at all."

Evens also found doors, and radiators from the same time period as the bank. After a quick refurbishing job, they were ready to go in.

"We brought those back into the building here to," says Evens, "to make it look like what the building may have looked like when it was a bank in the early years."

A new floor and ceiling were also put in to finish off the room. Evens now enjoys watching people admire his new gallery.

It's pretty special. Not only when they walk through the door, but when they walk by in the evening, and the lights are on. A few weeks ago when we opened it for the first time, we took the plastic off the windows (for the first time in eleven months), so people didn't really know what it looked like in here, or what we were doing. So to see them walk by now, they look in, and they just go 'wow, that is pretty amazing."

New Ceiling and Floor
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Lake Wobegon Trail Gallery During Renovation
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Lake Wobegon Trail Gallery
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Original Stain Glass Windows during Renovation
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Original Stain Glass Windows in Lake Wobegon Trail Gallery
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)