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Woman Renovates Her Old Home, Discovers Strange Metal Circles And More Hidden

A woman in Ballston, New York owned a historic property, which she planned to remodel. She planned to turn the old 1901 house into a spa, but when renovators pulled up the carpeting, they were shocked to discover that the building had been home to another business.

It didn't take much digging to learn more about the property's past.

Susan Hansen loves remodeling homes, and when she found the little house built at the turn of the century, she fell in love with it and couldn’t wait to flip it and add her own personal touches. She planned to transform it into a spa, but she hoped to restore some of its original charm and she wanted to keep the integrity of the old property.

The house, which had been damaged in a fire back in 1909, had undergone a lot of renovations over the past century, but Hansen wanted to get to the heart of it.

After pulling up the shabby old carpeting in search of the original hardwood floors, a stunning revelation was made. Hansen spotted strange-looking marks on the floor.

Groups of small, metal circles were found embedded in the kitchen floor in a triangular pattern. There was also a long, wooden platform, and wood foot petals of sorts.

Hansen speculated about the unusual architectural features, why they were there and what they were for, and soon she made a realization: it was a bowling lane. The metal circles were where the pins would be set. There was even a wooden petal to help reset them, which still worked.

Hansen found there were three lanes in what is now the kitchen of the house. After doing a little research, she discovered that the house had once served as a small bowling alley and cafe.

The establishment was Herbert Massey's Cafe and Bowling. It was a candlepin bowling alley, an alley that used thin wood pins and much smaller balls than regulation alleys.

The candlepin bowling alleys were fun for families and novices because it was a lot easier to knock down the skinny pins, and to throw the lighter weight balls.

The bowling alley went out of business around the late 1920's. Hansen, in her remodeling, has preserved parts of the original alley in her design. In fact, she plans to make it so the levers work to set up the pins, so people could actually bowl in the kitchen if they wanted to do so.

That could be a relaxing way for some spa guests to blow off some steam, not to mention get a taste of local history.

When remodeling a historic property, you never know what little treasures of the past you're going to find. Stumbling upon little treasures and unraveling the mystery is a lot of fun. The possibilities are always exciting, and it’s even more exciting when the new owner of the property tries to preserve and maintain hints of the past, rather than removing them or covering over them.

In this case, the historic bowling lane feature added a lot of interest to this property, and Hansen was able to flip it and sell it to someone who appreciated the building’s fun-loving past.

Source: PopSugar, Little Things
Photos: YouTube Screenshots

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