Today... I think was my most anticipated day of this entire process. The demolition team arrived and started to peel away the layers of weird previous renovations.
I don't know the history of this building yet, but I plan to get to the historical society very soon to find as many of its former uses as they know. I, uh, do know that the black paint there was for this lovely building's two-day stint as a strip club. The former DJ booth upstairs will be my office. Maybe I'll keep a couple of the 8-tracks for fun.
Above the dropped ceiling we found the original bead-board ceiling in very good shape. I'll keep the giant cargo hoist-hook in it for my hanging break chair. The east brick wall is fantastic and just needs to be cleaned. The flooring (maple, we think) is beat up and patched, as anticipated, but I think I'll add some more patches, sand & seal, and call it rustic.
The demo team did all of this in one day. Tomorrow they'll be back to finish revealing the brick wall and finish removing a light-blocking interior wall. And then the new construction starts. Some lumber, some patching, some sanding, some drywall, some paint, and a lot of wiring. For now.