Hammond Harwood House
By the mid-1970s, it was apparent that there were problems with the valleys of the main block. In the winter of 1978, an icicle formed coming from behind the wooden cornice on the west valley, reaching a length of 8 feet. Other signs of trouble included peeling paint stains appearing on the ceiling plaster of the upstairs bedroom. Standing on the street looking up at the cornice on the north and west valleys, it was possible to see that the cornice was actually coming loose from the building. This suggested that a leak had probably been ongoing for a long time, and had never been fully repaired.