In the course of restoring the background paint, Brandi McGuire Jones discovered the signature of the artist near one edge of the central part of the decoration, and the search for John Lee began.
Again at John Winslow’s insistence, the hardwood flooring was taken up, revealing another surprise — the remnants of a burlap-based floorcloth, much worn and showing some patching.
Burlap based floorcloth was a late development in the floorcloth industry, but even so, surviving examples are rare. For those who may be interested, some notes on the history of that type of floor covering are available here, and the floorcloth assists in determining the timeline of changes in the west wing. Only two small squares of the west wing floorcloth could be salvaged, but the removal of the remnants of that covering disclosed the original layout of the west wing.
The original, single story (technically, a story-and-a-half, but no evidence of a stairway to the attic area exists) building had its 15 by 25 foot interior divided by a partition toward the back, creating a back room approximately 8 by 15 feet. with a connecting doorway in mid-partition, and another door in the center of the back, or north, wall, serving as an entrance. The larger front room had a single window in the front, or south, wall, and another in the west wall, while the back room had only a single window in the west wall.
In the front room, a fireplace on the east wall shared the chimney with a corresponding fireplace in the center of the parlor west wall. Signs of a thimble in the chimney, above the fireplace, indicate that a stove had once stood in the front room, an indication that the room served as a kitchen in the early days of Connell House. This seems to be supported by deep wear marks in the floor in the area of the back entrance, and similar signs of heavy traffic through the door at the back of the east wall connecting to the main house.