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Tobacco Baron Mansion yields gift

moving into what was once a stately mansion built by a tabacco baron (local).

Spied a Honeywell model 77 stat still in service in this 1909 home, but that wouldn't have been the original stat. Still, it was cool to see one in use. The new owner noted there was a spare & asked if I'd like to take it along.

The original boiler was replaced with a Slant Fin in the 60's & the water heater was installed in 74. Something tells me that old 77 and the antique rads from 1909 would like nothing better than a modcon to play with(G).


  • J.C.A._3
    J.C.A._3 Member Posts: 2,981
    I'd bet....

    Dollars to doughnuts it still works too!

    Give the contacts a brush with a dollar bill every once in a while (or a 20..if you need to impress the customer)and away we go.

    Beats them "newfangled computer things" hands down! Lets see if any of them last 100 years! Chris
  • Dave Yates (GrandPAH)_2
    Dave Yates (GrandPAH)_2 Member Posts: 377
    sure does

    and the key hangs beside the stat. Wound up mine before leaving & he gave me a spare clock too! The widow told him that her husband kept at least two of everything & loved the old 77. She evidently could have cared less. Almost all the rads are recessed into the exterior walls. 10' ceilings throughout three floors and an antique elevator to boot. Lots of stained glass windows.
  • Tom Hopkins
    Tom Hopkins Member Posts: 554
    HW 77

    We mounted a room sensor inside one because the HO didn't want it off the wall.
  • bob_50
    bob_50 Member Posts: 306
    Jeweler's initials

    Dave, if you look on the back of the clock you can usually see some jeweler's initials and a date scratched in. They did that to document the repair. I have one that just says Minneapolis on it. I think that's pre Honeywell. bob
  • Dave_4
    Dave_4 Member Posts: 1,405
    Wow, that's neat!

    Can't say I've ever seen one like it.
  • Alan R. Mercurio_3
    Alan R. Mercurio_3 Member Posts: 1,620

    Dave, It's not as old as the one in your picture but check out the one I have in my little museum.


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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,526
    Did you know

    that Honeywell named the 77 for Red Grange?

    The Galloping Ghost
    Retired and loving it.
  • Dave Yates (GrandPAH)_1
    ran into that info

    while researching the Honeywell stats. But, your link has more info - much appreciated & will be framed next to the 77 now on my office wall.

    Speaking of numbers: Just finished crunching the required HVAC loads. New modcon, indirect and central air with several mini-splits will all be incorporated into the mechanical makeover. If the budget allows, we'll bring the old gal into the 'green' era. Their old 77 will drive the heating portion(G).

    The plumbing is all original too & there's a second floor bath with raspberry colored fixtures. I've been assigned the task to rebuild the pull-handle wall-hung water closet tanks(G).

    Alan- that's a beauty!
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