CENTERVILLE —Board members of the Thomas Whitaker Museum wanted the pathway from Main Street to the front door to be reminiscent of the 1860s when the home was constructed.
Centerville resident T.J. Spangenberg gave them just what they were looking for in his Eagle Scout project, a project Board Member Nancy Smith* says “captures the attention of all who see it.”
Spangenberg is a member of Troop 105 affiliated with the Centerville 1st LDS Ward. He said the project helped him show leadeship. Even though it was hard work, he said he enjoyed it a lot.
The Viewmont High School sophomore followed in his older brother’s footsteps. Rob Spangenberg* had worked on the museum for his Eagle Scout project in 2001. T.J. Spangenberg said the walkway was his mother’s idea, “but I thought it was a good one.”
Spangenberg and other members of his troop put in a lot of work to prepare the area before they started to place the brick, including cutting out grass, compacting the ground and installing metal bands to hold the bricks in place. “But it is in the fifth step, ‘install the brick’ where the magic began to unfold,” Smith said. “Like the craftsmen of that time frame (the 1860s) care to every detail was painstakingly followed,” Smith said.
Pieces of brick were cut with pinpoint accuracy and placed in the center of the path in the shape of a star. A new star was placed every 13 feet, Spangenberg said.
Near the entrance, the path takes an alluvial fan design. “Every brick has the right portion shaved off of both sides to match the contour in the rounded entryway,” Smith said. “They perfectly come together and create what has been called the ‘red carpet’ entry into the museum.”
Several feet in front of the entry, the brick branches off to the right going around the south side of the home. Because of the symmetrical curve, these bricks were shaved with the same precision, Smith said. The work took much longer than an average Eagle Project. Spangenberg said about 15 to 20 people worked on the project, logging 530 hours. Now that it’s complete, Smith says the walkway blends into the pioneering approach and majesty of the building. Spangenberg’s father Dan Spangenberg said he told his son, “If you’re going to do it, you’re going to do it right.” He said he wanted a quality job that would last forever.