Updates in Woodlawn – fun stuff found in the building

We now have light in the two flat.  The first floor had been lived in recently, so it was pretty easy to get that turned back on.  ComEd was able to just flip a switch somewhere without even needing to come to the property.  The second floor and the public box have not been in use for a while, so that took a little time.  The second floor, for some reason was marked as a commercial box, which should not be the case.  The public box had the hall lights for the front staircase (right side of pic).

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With light, that means that the bar on the second floor finally gets its due.  The lighting is really cool, they must have really had some good parties here.  There is a light bar about 10″ down from the ceiling with colored light bulbs.

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There was a signed pic to Henry Young – the previous owner – from Horace Henderson and His Swing Band.  Henry Young was the gentleman who built out this bar, and was involved in the extralegal activities mentioned in the first post (numbers running and the African American private lottery).  He sounds really interesting.  I enjoyed talking with the selling agent and the family’s attorney at the closing table.  They had a lot of stories to share.  I Googled Horace Henderson, and it sounds like he had a really good act.

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The basement was stuffed full of cookbooks.  There must have been 300 of them.  Some of them were quite new, and I may learn a few tricks.

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My wife always teases me that I should open an “old stuff museum”, so with that, here are a couple of the things I found.  There are enough extra key’s to fill up the mug below.  On the second floor there was a junk drawer that must not have been in use since the 40’s or 50’s.  There were straight razors, medicines, tons of keys – it was really fun to poke through.

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I am sure everyone needs a provocative coffee cup!

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Who doesn’t need the largest meat cleaver? Not sure when I will need that.

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In a few days, we should have plaster repairs done and the first floor unit painted and ready to rent.



2 thoughts on “Updates in Woodlawn – fun stuff found in the building

  1. Hi Derek, I saw your blog link on Restoring Ross’ blog. This building has some cool features, the bar, wow! I’m looking forward to your reno. The old items are really cool and to be kept, your wife is right 🙂 Looking forward to reading about your work here!

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