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Trying to solve a hefty problem

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This antique safe, located on the second floor balcony at the Spice Rack, needs to find a new home. The safe is 5 foot 3 inches high by 3 foot wide by 2 foot 7 inches deep. Photo by Mike Leckband
What do you do with a 99 year-old safe? That is the question Judy Klee has to answer. Klee, the owner of The Spice Rack, located in historic downtown Cherokee. A problem being in a historic district has been decades in the making.

The five-foot three and a half inch high safe is perched on the second story balcony and has sat there for as long as anyone can remember. The safe is estimated to weigh over two tons. Each of the double doors is guessed at five hundred pounds apiece. Back when the store was built in 1909, the balcony area was the business office for the Hawley Allison Company.

The safe is assumed to have been placed inside the building at the time of the building construction. It is hard to determine how old the safe is at this point. No markings or manufacturing labels are noticeable on the safe. So the age and how it was placed in its current location is a local mystery.

It may be obvious to think that if it has not been a problem during the past 99 years, why would it be a problem today? The main reason that Klee would like to have the safe removed is that the floor under the safe is bowing under the weight. So main reason that Klee would like to have the safe out of her store is to avoid potential problems down the road.

The safe itself has stood the test of time. It is still in working order and the inside doors are decorated with a ship at sea and ornate decorations that were popular in the early 1900's.

She would like to find a home for the safe. Preferably with someone who would keep the historical value intact and keep it in the Cherokee area. The problem that Klee faces is not giving the safe away but how to get the two-ton safe down off of the balcony. She has received a few inquiries but everyone is left standing scratching their heads.

If Klee can't find a home for the safe she may have to take the doors off to try to reduce the weight of the safe. If that happens she would like to keep the inside doors and donate them to the Sanford Museum.

This dilemma has left Klee to seek help from the community. If you think you may know of a solution to her dilemma, she would entertain any idea to help solve this hefty problem. You may contact Klee at 225-0222 or drop into the Spice Rack.

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