I know a couple of wild & crazy kids: Brian and Bailey.
The couple is impossibly young, and attending Emporia State University.
So, why are they wild & crazy?
Because they want to buy an old house. Even an old house needing work. Even an old house needing a ton of work.
God love ’em.
Young people such as this give me hope for the future of our architectural and historic heritage.
Recently, the two rented the second floor in an old house. The house, and its near-twin next door, have always been favorites of mine, and might have been designed by architect Charles. W. Squires, who did the Cross House.
Brian and Bailey have the second floor in the left twin.
Cool front door.
Brian mentioned that they had a secret room. A secret room????? My ears perked right up. They asked if I could come over with a ladder, because they noticed that a window on the second floor, just above the porch, did not actually exist INSIDE their apartment. A mystery window!!!!!
Brian and I climbed, breathlessly, up the ladder, and with great anticipation peered into the mystery window. And did not find much. Some sleuthing revealed that the house had been built with an unfinished attic. When the house was converted into apartments in the 1950s, the attic was finished off as an apartment, and the former attic window now looks into a dead space above the 1950s staircase. There is a closet to each side, and I mentioned that they could punch through the back of one closet and gain access to the space, which has standing headroom in the middle, is the width of the house, and about 4-feet in width. Bailey considered this for a moment, and said: “Oh, it would be an ideal space to hide in case of a zombie apocalypse.”
I assumed Bailey was kidding. But…in the event of a zombie apocalypse, I know where I am headed.