Historic elements found in 123 Watson St. include leaded glass, above, and plaster cornices, below.
Historic elements found in 123 Watson St. include leaded glass, above, and plaster cornices, below.

   If Riponites are wondering if Ripon resident Tom Rogers is serious about rehabilitating historic downtown buildings, one needs to look no further than 123 Watson St.

   There, work already has begun to renovate the first of six properties acquired recently.

   This property, though, is a special case.

   While the other five were purchased Tuesday directly from Jim Connelly, principal with the former downtown developer that bought up many buildings nearly a decade ago, 123 Watson St. was obtained earlier  by Ripon Main Street Inc. via a sheriff’s sale, and then sold to Rogers.

   Also, unlike the other five properties, Rogers intends to renovate this one himself. And now, several weeks into that process, Rogers is excited by what has been found.

   “I’m totally thrilled with the building,” he said. “... It had a false ceiling from 20 or 30 years ago. It was layered in two different layers and it didn’t go all the way to the wall. You could see this tray up there. I tore down the ceiling ... In there, all the way around that bar is bricky-bracky plaster.”

Read the full story in the Dec. 17, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.