HARTINGTON — Stepping through the doors of the Globe is like taking a step back in time.
The plaster has been carefully removed from the interior red brick walls at the Hartington landmark. The hardwood floors have been uncovered and the tin ceiling is being restored in the 115-year-old three story brick building.
The top floor of the Globe is taking on an entirely new look, as well.
At one time the space on the top floor had included offices for a dentist, a real estate agent and other professionals. At another point in the past history of the building, three apartments were located on the top floor of the Globe.
The space on the top floor is now being opened up for a one-family loft apartment for new owners Ben and Erin Schroeder, and their boys Charlie and Chase.
A lot of the original architectural features of the building are being restored throughout the building.
The hardwood floors are being restored and windows that are the same size as the original ones are now being put in place on the top floor.
A tin ceiling, above the area where the dining room will be located, is in place. Pressed-metal ceilings had been popular in commercial buildings from 1880 up to the 1930s when they began to fall out of style.
“The original windows had been taken out sometime in the 1960s. They replaced them with smaller ones. The new windows will be back to the original size,” Erin said. “The finish work around the windows on the outside of the building will be done in the spring.”
The one window that is located directly above the front doors of the Globe will not be put back to the size of the original window which had been destroyed when a tornado in the 1960s damaged the building.
“A smaller window had been put in and they re-bricked the area around the window,” Erin said. “A new window will be put in but it will be the same size as the replacement window had been.”
The original doors, along with the transom above the doors, the old woodwork and a lot of the wood wainscoting will be kept in place.
The loft apartment will have an open area that includes a kitchen/living room, along with a dining area that sits on a raised floor. A butler’s pantry is located just off the kitchen.
One window in the dining room has been replaced with a door that will lead to an outdoor patio.
The patio and steps going to the ground level will be steel, Erin said.
The view out the many large windows in the third-floor apartment provides a great view of the downtown area of Hartington, traffic on the streets and the vintage-looking street lights.
The apartment will also have a master bedroom, walk-in closet, large bathroom, bedroom area for the boys and a laundry room.
Some of the original display cabinets that had been used in the Globe will be repurposed for the laundry room.
The Schroeders salvaged a four-foot wide vintage door from a local farm that will be installed in the top floor entryway to the loft apartment.