If these walls could talk. . . . It’s a cliché everyone has heard, but when you’re dealing with lumber salvaged from a 170-year-old textile factory in Eufaula, Ala., a 19th-century barn in Elizabethton, Tenn., or a 200-year-old barn from Greencastle, Pa., that cliché takes on a whole different meaning. It’s not what happens in a room that’s the story; it’s the actual walls and how they got there.
Once upon a time, a sort of sea monster weathervane was fixed atop the turret on Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran’s studio on East Hampton’s Main Street. Now, as the Moran house and studio undergoes a major restoration under the auspices of the Thomas Moran Trust, that small bit of the artists’ mark on East Hampton is once again in place.