Couple discovers hidden second floor of building
EVANSVILLE, Ind. A couple touring an old office building they hoped to buy made a shocking find _ the structure's second story had been sealed off from the world for some 70 years.
Lincoln and Lucille York Christensen bought the building last summer after discovering that a stairway passage to the second floor had been removed and the floor closed off.
Although most of the hidden floor's furnishings had been removed before it was sealed off, the room still offered a time capsule to the world of the 1930s.
A stack of canceled checks, all dated between June and December 1930, had been left on one of the two fireplace mantels. The checks were drawn on the account of the E-M Bush Hardware Company _ a dealer in cutlery, tools and builders hardware.
Underneath the stack of checks was a ledger book, all entries in pencil.
The floor was fitted with ceiling light fixtures designed for both electric and gas lights and contained a heavy wooden display rack like those seen at hardware counters of the era.
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