The hole in the floor has been filled in with concrete
Meanwhile, I decided that the front window looking into my sanctum sanctorum, the Library was too accessible from the street.
So while we are having our south wall rebuilt we had a few more courses put on to the front wall (it will be stuccoed later).
One of our neighbors said it looked like we were building a fortress. I told her I was getting quotes for a moat and a drawbridge.