From the old post on CraigsList:
Awesome, expansive, fascinating antique desk, work bench or storage cabinet. Came out of the basement of the historical building of Hampden Park Co-op, a neighborhood grocery store in the south St Anthony Park area of St Paul.
• Age: 100 years old or so.
• Maker: no label found.
• Materials: wood (appears to be oak under the paint). Galvanized tin in back. Original brass bin pulls with great patina.
• Color: soft yellow over really nice green. Fab chippy look.
• Misc: Right side was once a built-in; has an old carpenter's note. Authentic distressed finish. Has the solid, honest feel of something long used by hard-working folks! Lots of storage & long work surface to outfit a work shop, potting shed, artist studio... Money goes toward our building fund.
Approx size info:
• Overall: 72" across, 18" front to back, 36" high (so more like counter height).
• Kneehole: 30" from floor to drawer bottom; 24" wide; note extra shelves.
• Drawers (18 total!) Inside: all 14" front to back; all 12" wide; 12 @ 5" deep + 6 @ 2" deep.
• Side Cubby: 16" front to back; 12" wide; 27" deep.
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Our 1902 building was designed by Charles R. Aldrich, whose other work includes, fantastically enough, the castle-like Armory on the U of MN campus! More info on this architecture website.
The co-op has been located here since 1979. In 2009 we bought the building from the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). More history on this page.
Given the desk's design, it could be from the Olson & Co. Hardware Store? (See the early 1900s B&W photo; Olson was next to our bldg.)
Or a clerk's desk from the IOOF? "Odd fellows" were day laborers doing odd jobs. People joined fraternal organizations around the turn of the 20th century to socialize, and to buy insurance policies that provided some protection to the working class before Social Security and other benefits of the 1930s.
There are still at least 2 repurposed IOOF lodge buildings other than ours in the Twin Cities (4th St & E Hennepin, and Lake St & 27th Ave) according to this interesting Strib article.
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