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74 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 3 - December 9, 1999 Lewes Historical Society Christmas House Tour set Dec. 4 Reader home a tour highlight; quilt on display By Jen EUingsworth While it's certain that each of the homes in Lewes' Shipcarpen- ter Square boast their own distinct historic merit, one of these re- stored buildings has a particularly interesting story. The home of Bill and Joan Reader at 40 Shipcarpenter Square is the former U.S. Lifesav- ing Station 141 located oceanfront in Dewey Beach between Belle- vue and Dagsworthy streets. The Readers' home is one of 19 note- worthy sites featured on the 26th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes, sponsored by the Lewes Histori- ca! Society. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. Station lovingly restored Decommissioned in the late '40s, lifesaving station was moved from its longtime Route 1 site in Rehoboth Beach in April 1998. Longtime upstate residents with a seasonal home on Lewes Beach, the Readers took great pains in preserving most of the lifesaving station's original features in the restoration process. Bill Reader is a New Castle na- tive who reti:ed from a 38-year post as facility manager of Hewlitt Packard. Joan Reader, human re- sources manager at George & Lynch Construction, said her hus- band was determined to finish the restoration project by Thanksgiv- ing. It seems that Bill Readers' perseverance paid off. Remark- ably, the couple moved into their new Lewes home in June 1999. "You have to know my hus- band," said Joan Reader, only half-jokingly. "When he's on a mission, he's on a mission." The lifesaving station was moved to the Route 1 location by Capt. Joseph Walker, who raised his family there until his death in the late '70s. The building re- mained vacant until its relocation to Lewes. The Readers purchased their lot in Shipcarpenters Square more than five years ago. Joan Reader said their search for a Sus- sex County building to restore ended when Lewes councilman Jim Fold told them about the life- saving station. Built in 1878, the structure was in sound condition before the restoration, she said. What now serves as their kitchen was once used as the equipment room for the station. An original glass door was incorporated by Bill Reader into the kitchen cabinetry; origi- nal heart of pine flooring is fea- tured throughout the home. He al- so built the large oak armoire in the living room that serves as a coat closet. Perhaps the most extraordinary feature of the Reader house, though, are the large wooden doors that opened for vessel and crew during the lifesaving sta- tion's tenure. They are undoubt- Continued on page 75 Michael Sultzbach photo The master bedroom of the Readers' home features the re- stored lifesaving station's.cupola. The couple has made an original ladder from the building into a headboard/bookcase. Jen Ellingsworth photos Bill and Joan Reader, owners of the restored U.S. Lifesaving Station in Shipcarpenters Square in Lewes, are shown with the blue-ribbon quilt they won. The Readers' home is one of 19 stops on the 26th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes. The focus of the Readers' living room is undoubtedly the large doors of the lifesaving station. YEAR'S EVE Millennium Special Prime Rib & other Blackboard Specials Champagne Toast ReservationS" Bring in ..I t ATLANTIC I THEATERS Fri., Dec. 3 thru- Thurs., Dec. 9 The Movies at Midway Rt. One, Midway Shopping Center Rehoboth Beach 645-0200 INSIDER (2:40)(R) 3 Shows Daily- 1:50 5:35 8:45 DOGMA (2:05)(R) 4 Shows Daily - t:55 4:40 7:15 9:45 SLEEPY HOLLOW (1:45)(R) 4 Shows DaJly - 2:10 5:00 7:25 9:50 POKEMON-THE 1ST MOVIE (1:29)(G) 2 Shows Daily- 1:10 3:10 POK#MON-THE 1ST MOVIE (1:29)(G) 4 Shows Daily- 1:40 4:40 6:40 8:40 ANYWHERE BUT HERE (1:54)(PG-13) 4 Shows Daily - 1:00 3:50 6:35 9:30 MESSENGER.JOAN OF ARC (2:28)(R) 2 Shows Daily - 6:00 9:00 WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (2:08)(R) . 3 Shows Daily- 3:15 6:15 9:15 WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (2:08)(R) 4 Shows Daily - 1:20 4:05 6:45 9:40 BONE COLLECTOR (1:58)(R) 4 Shows Daily - 2:00 4:30 7:05 9:45 TOY STORY-PART 2 (1:41)(G) 4 Shows Daily - 1:05 3:20 6:10 8:35 TOY STORY-PART 2 (1:41)(G) 4 Shows Daily- 1:30 4:10 6:30 8:55 TOY STORY-PART 2 (1:41)(G) 4 Shows Daily - 2:06 4:55 7:10 9:20 HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1:36)(R) 4 Shows Daily - 1:00 3:45 7:00 9:30 END OF DAYS (2:04)(R) 4 Shows Daily - 1:50 4:20 6:50 9:25 Fri., Dec. 3thru -Thurs., Dec. 9 Rehoboth Mall Cinema Rehoboth Mall, Route One. Rehoboth Beach 645-0200 SIXTH SENSE (1:47)(PG-13) 2 Shows Friday & Saturday 7:00 9:50 1 Show Sunday thru Thursday 7:30 BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1:52)(R) 2 Shows Friday & Saturday 7:00 9:30 1 Show Sunday thru Thursday 7:45 MUSIC FROM THE HEART (2:04)(PG) 2 Shows Friday & Saturday 7:15 9:40 1 Show Sunday thru Thursday 8:00 RED VIOLIN (2:01)(R) 2 Shows Friday & Saturday 7:10 9:50 1 Show Sunday thru Thursday 7:45 SLEEPY HOLLOW (1:45)(R) 2 Shows Friday & Saturday 7:10 9:50 1 Show Sunday thru Thursday 7:30 1 HAPPY TEXAS (1:39)(PG-13) 2 Shows Friday & Saturday 7:15 9:30 1 Show Sunday thru Thursday 8:00