Attic Cleanup–and severed ladies’ heads.

Hmmm…another nook…or perhaps a cranny.

That’s an interesting thing about old houses and buildings…they have nooks and crannies all over the place.

Working on the 1860’s building on the square Monday…

Gothic Debatable.

Our 1860's Gothic Debatable building. (this pic not from Monday)

On the commercial building, there is a drop ceiling on the first floor (two actually, but that’s another story). We discovered an access hatch on the mezzanine (kind of a half-floor) that leads to the space between the original ceiling and the first of the dropped ceilings.

I spent several hours Monday morning cleaning it out.

Keep in mind, this “nook” covers an area about 80 feet deep by 25 feet wide.

Remove a panel and “presto!” More junk.

Another nook...or perhaps cranny

Another nook...or perhaps cranny

A view into the depths…

A view into the depths. 80 feet or so in there is the front of the building.

Paperwork. Lots of it.
Paperwork...a lot of paperwork. Basically the 1970s

Basically, I found the 1970’s in paperwork!

Paperwork from 1973

Paperwork from 1973

Did I say paperwork from the 70’s? Well, the 60’s too! Here’s an uncashed check from 1963.

An uncashed check from 1963

An uncashed check from 1963

And let’s not forget the mattress in the attic…because you just never know when you’ll want to take a nap in the attic, yes?

Matress in the attic

And let's not forget the matress...

A nap, that is…with your BOX OF SEVERED LADIES HEADS AND SCALPS.

Everybody needs a box of severed ladies heads

Everybody needs a box of severed ladies heads

Okay, maybe not actual severed heads…but there were more than a dozen of these “wig head” things scattered about, and dozens of scalps…I mean wigs scattered everywhere. EXACTLY the kind of thing that will get your heart going when you are alone in nook of an 1860’s era building crawling through the dust with little light.

Yah know…crawling along…all alone…in the dark…and as you move your hand forward you lightly touch the hair…then sort of shift yourself so you get a little more light and now you can see the hair is on a head…!!!!!!!!

Phew.

About 8 giant contractors bags full of debris removed from this space.

CUAgain,
Daniel Meyer

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2 Responses to Attic Cleanup–and severed ladies’ heads.

  1. BruceBergman says:

    Soooo… When are you going to tear out the “modern” ceiling and expose the original tin ceiling again? You can also put up drop-grid and get 2X2 repro tin ceiling panels.

    And look closer, the “check” might be the carbon copy of a Cashiers Check “for your records”. (No check number, and the MICR Account Number is not complete – it’s only the clearinghouse routing numbers part.)

    • Daniel Meyer says:

      We are planning on removing both the dropped ceilings to get back to the 16′ height. Unfortunately they pretty well destroyed a lot of the tin putting in the first drop. May be able to salvage enough to cover part of an area.

      Not sure when I’ll start that project. The downstairs is currently turnkey usable…once I take out the ceilings I’ll have to redo lighting, air ducting, paint and wallcoverings etc…

      On the check, it could be a cc. Wasn’t sure about the numbers since it was so old.

      -dm

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