an office in the basement

an office in the basement

before in 2004 the Bargain Box

before in 2004 the Bargain Box

this exisitng retail front covered one of our greatest prizes....the original leaded glass transome that went all across the front.....almost perfectly preserved.....see the next photo

after 2008, remodeled front

after 2008, remodeled front

above the butt-edge glass storefront is the existing leaded glass transom....coolie huh? yeah buh....shizzle.

prior to 2004 original store front

prior to 2004 original store front

new store front 2008 and beyond

new store front 2008 and beyond

Main Street before 2004

Main Street before 2004

downtown was hurting back then.....

Main Street after 2008

Main Street after 2008

Close up front after 2008

Close up front after 2008

this shows the storefront before the City took down the Center Theater, to the left.

Back of building before 2004

Back of building before 2004

Back of Merit Building after 2008

Back of Merit Building after 2008

Back of Merit Building before 2004

Back of Merit Building before 2004

Backof Merit Building after 2008

Backof Merit Building after 2008

Merit Bldg street level before 2004

Merit Bldg street level before 2004

Merit Bldg street level after 2008

Merit Bldg street level after 2008

2nd floor before 2004

2nd floor before 2004

2nd floor after 2008

2nd floor after 2008

2nd floor new stairs dn to Main St.

2nd floor new stairs dn to Main St.

1 of the 3 studios on the 2nd floor

1 of the 3 studios on the 2nd floor

the back studio space prior to 2004

the back studio space prior to 2004

those windows were retrofited in the original large windows were bricked up and these dinky things were the windows....one of the first things we kew needed to go....not to mention the good-ole-boy structural action holding up the roof....

Old stairs in the back prior to 2004

Old stairs in the back prior to 2004

we did away with these stairs, replacing them @ a different angle for the sake of downstairs as well as up here.....

Back studio space after 2008

Back studio space after 2008

we used the glass sliding doors from the building next door, which were stored in the basement, as windows looking into the stairhall....

Front basement stairs prior to 2004

Front basement stairs prior to 2004

Front basement stairs after 2008

Front basement stairs after 2008

original octagonal tile floor was discovered after construction began

New basement space after 2008

New basement space after 2008

the concrete footings come out from the wall about 20"....not sure what they were...but we left them exposed....added a 2" conc. counter top....

back basement prior to 2004

back basement prior to 2004

that wooden beam and the brick piers still show in the remodeled space, running the entire length of the building-front to back.....

upper level basement prior to 2004

upper level basement prior to 2004

it was like a glorified crawlspace, thin 1" concrete.....it is that level we went down about 20"-24", as low as the bottom of the existing wall footings......poured 4" slab.....re-hab code allowed the 7'-6" finish ceiling height.

New basement upper level 2008

New basement upper level 2008

looking out toward the back entry....had to have day-light down there pouring in....basements...can be dark and drearie.....

one of the offices in basement 2008

one of the offices in basement 2008

the original walls show with their nitty-gritty contrasting the new walls, which are clean and smooth....frozen history baby.....coolie.

back part of basement prior 2004

back part of basement prior 2004

it was dark and drearie....not the place you want to hang out....we dug down about 24" in this area....couldn't go any lower...

Back of basement after 2008

Back of basement after 2008

one of the original brick piers, holding up the beam you can see @ the top of the picture, to the right.

looking out back after 2008

looking out back after 2008

another office after 2008

another office after 2008

the HVAC pipes add testosterone to the office....guys like it....HOOAH stuff.

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....ok...it's a process...of improving the built environment.....same with this web site....got some glitches...we will work'em out......it's getting better as we go....