The Small Treasures in Old Houses

Every time we watch “This Old House” and see the story of how one family discovered a historic treasure in the attic, basement, beneath the floorboards, etc…we get excited that the next one might be us 🙂  In our first home renovation, we discovered a treasure trove of photos and writing notebooks from the original owners and their 12 yr old daughter.  In fact, we discovered all of her 6th grade English notebooks from the 1940s. But ever since then, nada….until now!
Actually, I’m not sure this a treasure find…but it sure is interesting. When we demo’d out the master bathroom, we found a secret room behind a hinged bookshelf…which was a VERY promising start.  But then, we we examined the room, I sat perplexed at the sight of aluminum foil covering all of the walls.  According to Jeff and his contractors, we had  definitely stumbled on a “grow room” for marijuana.  In the 1970s, the house was owned by an artists’ cooperative, so we’re just going to assume that’s when the room was created.  Sorry artists- don’t get mad at our stereotyping!
Other than our grow room, we discovered a very un-PC newspaper clipping from World War II re: the UN and Chinese-Japanese relations and a beautiful fabric wallcovering upstairs that will be my inspiration for the master bedroom colors.  If anyone knows what buildings are depicted in the wallcovering, I’d love to find out!


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