1920s Main Street gem undergoes a facelift

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 03:02 PM.

On the north side of the building's front, an unexpected treat surfaced: a long closed up door decorated with a 1960s butterfly motif had been preserved behind the vinyl.

"That was a real hidden gem," Brad Stewart said. "It was exciting to expose that door and see that picture there."

The doorway originally opened onto a long hallway, at the end of which was a dentist's office, he said. Main Street passersby had not seen the door in more than 40 years.

Stewart hopes to remove the stucco on the front façade and restore the original brick.

"The plaster they used back then was so incredibly thick it may be damaging to try to remove it," he said. A patch of the almost inch-thick stucco remains on one of the interior walls to show visitors how thick it is.

Stewart is considering commissioning a mural for the north-side wall, which faces an alley.

As workers Tommy Rogers and Ronald Hilliard removed the vinyl siding, Stewart watched as old stucco and the location of old commercial signs were revealed.

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