A Peek Upstairs

In addition to the renovations downstairs, the second story is also going to get a facelift.  We wanted to share some pictures before any construction begins.

The upstairs has been largely undisturbed for decades.  A fire in the building to the south claimed the staircase in the mid to late 1960s.  When that building (presently Tedford Insurance) was rebuilt as a one-story building, it left our second story as a bit of a time capsule.  Accessible only via a ladder, the second story contained two apartments as well as several offices.

Please enjoy the pictures and thank you for your interest in our project.


  • Shannon Nicholas

    Reply June 29, 2017 9:59 am

    This is so cool. Thanks for sharing

  • Georgie cunningham

    Reply June 29, 2017 10:02 am

    Amazing this was all above us when we were in that lovation

  • Norma Venable

    Reply June 29, 2017 10:44 am

    So glad you are restoring, Chandler is my home town!!❤️

  • Sharla Cowden

    Reply June 29, 2017 12:59 pm

    It is most likely older than you describe in your post. When Boyd Cowden Insurance moved across the street into 907 Manvel Avenue, it was already a one-story building, and Cowden Insurance moved there in the early 1960s. After they moved in, there was not a fire in that building, but there was in the Hellman’s building next door to it on the south. So, you might be looking at a pre-1960s time capsule. So excited for all your progress and historical renovation!

  • Brenda eckmas

    Reply June 29, 2017 3:06 pm

    I love that you are restoring & posting before pics. You might want to share these pics with the Museum of Pioneer History as they have files on most of these old buildings. You may ask Don or Sally Farrell about time periods since they seem to be very knowledgeable about these old buildings.

  • Robin Crouch

    Reply June 29, 2017 7:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I’m very intrigued with the “forgotten upstairs” of Chandler. Just think of all those rooms above Mainstreet could be filled with residents and/or businesses! I love what you are doing! It’s such a cool time capsule!

    • Kowanda Stroud

      Reply June 30, 2017 7:18 am

      I was just telling my friend I used to think about living upstairs on Manvel. Man if walls could talk we would hear lots of good stories.

  • Sheri Jones

    Reply June 29, 2017 11:25 pm

    This is so exciting!!

  • Phyllis Williams

    Reply June 30, 2017 8:42 pm

    Dr. Smith’s office was there in the 40’s . I remember going there to see my baby sister when she was born in 1944. Always thought it was odd that the Doctors office was always upstairs.

  • Cindy Lee

    Reply June 30, 2017 9:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing a peek into the upstairs. I have often looked at the buildings on Manvel and wondered what the second stories in so many of these old buildings would have been like. It would be so wonderful to be able to turn them into a residence.

  • David Miller

    Reply July 1, 2017 9:10 am

    Keep the photos coming. Very interesting to see this project develop and the history that may be discovered.

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