When the Boyle Landmark Trust board first went into the house at 227 Wilderness Road, they had to wear masks. There was petrified food, trash, discarded furniture and food containers littered about, and from the outside it appeared dilapidated.
It is a far stretch from that now.
On Saturday a ribbon cutting was held at the house. It was the group's first preservation project on the road.
The house, built in the late 19th century, still has much of its original woodwork, floors and windows. They have added many modern conveniences such as central heat and air, and washer and dryer hookups.
They plan to sell the house for $70,000 and use the money to buy another house.
Board President Julie Rodes is excited about the neighborhood's prospects. She believes that the area can return to its original splendor.
"There's all this talk about revitalizing downtown, but how are you going to do that when no one's living there," she said.