Renovating an old building will always present surprises hidden throughout the building and things were no different when renovators began fixing up the old Steuben Club building on West Randolph and North Wells in Chicago. 84 years ago, workers placed a time capsule in one of the main columns and after a renovation in the 1950’s it was covered with no marker stating its location.
The time capsule has now been removed and opened to find various newspapers and a copy of the Steuben Club yearbook which features many of the important German Americans of that time who had helped finance the construction. In the typical German fashion, table decorations and leftover pastries were removed from the gala celebration for the buildings opening and placed into the capsule.
Chicago’s Steuben Club building was once a happening place with one of the more prominent regulars being the famous John Dillinger who was recently featured in the 2009 movie “Public Enemies.”
Once the new renovations are completed, the time capsule will be put back in the building, but with a few additions from today. Suggestions for what to add in are being taken on the builders Facebook and Twitter pages.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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