I would love to see some pictures! It sounds so similar to our building, except ours isn't brick. Ours was built in 1912, and is 32'x72'. Part of the width is an addition, kind of an afterthought, because it's barely younger than the main part. The main floor was originally business oriented, a habadasher, general store, and a soda fountain at one time. There was space for three retailers. The upstairs was a dance hall and meeting room. The Odd Fellows met up there and they eventually bought the whole building in 1922. For many years the downstairs was an antique/general store, and most recently an antique/junk shop. It will take many years to get it back to 'rentable' condition, mainly because only a handful of volunteers are workin on it. But it is a labor of love, to see it slowly come back to life.
I'm not real familiar with how all this works...how can I send you pictures of our building?
Thanks for sharng...I look forward to hearing and seeing more.
Tar paper glued to wood floor. This works for me, wet rags on tar paper cover with aluminum foil use an iron to heat. You want it steaming hot for a couple mimutes, use gloves to uncover and scrape off top layer of tar paper. Replace wet rags, foil, iron and let it steam. Remove and scrape off tar paper and glue. Remaning glue can be wiped up with wet sponge.
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