to take apart, pull apart, pull to pieces, disassemble, break up, break down, strip
The previous owners used the first floor of the building for a clothing store. Like many old buildings, drop ceilings and paneling were added through the years.
The second floor, just as large as the first, has many individual rooms. As far as we can tell, the upstairs rooms were used through the years as a continuation of the first floor store, individual stores, offices, storage and an apartment.
Blood, sweat and lots of dust along with good help from friends revealed beautiful tin ceilings and plaster walls.
We discovered old wall paper and boarded up doors,
and brick walls and hidden arches.
And the work continued into the winter. People would stop in to take a look around. Some took time to share their memories of the building. In hidden areas we found old bank records from the depression, a box of documents from an early benevolence social club, other relics of the past.
We worked on the leaking roof and cleaned out the basement.
And little by little the building is starting to resemble the past.
The work continues.