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Savanna natives Keith Brown and Mike Ritchie are the bullwork planners and builders renovating the former Allied Furniture Building at 404 and 406 Main Street.  Aside from contributing 1,500 hours that Keith and Mike have contributed thus far, they have been been successful in obtaining good workers through the local GED program, the Thomson Correctional Center and several other community volunteers and tradesmen.  Some volunteers such as Bud Wilt and Don Nolte have contributed 200 or more hours as of March 2009.
 
The oldest part of the building was constucted in 1899 by R G Fuller for his furniture and funeral business.  It was owned by R G Fuller and his family until 1979 when it was purchased by Al Geiskempter of Savanna for his Allied Furniture business. 
 
In August 31, 2007, the building was purchased by the Savanna Historical Society, NFP.  Since then, the building has been undergoing renovation to transform this 17,000+ sq. ft. building into a museum for the collections of the Savanna Historical Society.
 
These photos show the extensive strengthening and reconstuction of the building's systems. 
 
Attorney/Engineer and Board Member John LeComte of Savanna has been indispensable to Keith, Mike and the board in the reconstruction of systems, layout and design to most effectively and productively transform the building into a museum of public interest and community benefit.

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Freshly painted & renovated 2nd floor railroad collection room, March 3, 2009

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New seamed sheet rock walls on 2nd floor railroad room not yet painted, late February 2009

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Before photo of old starewell removal to the seond floor

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In depth analysis of first floor joices

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Original floor was showing signs of failure and thus was removed

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Much work to ensure structural integrity before finishing the first floor

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Mike Ritchie jackhammering thru limestone to connect the front and rear basements

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One of many evidences of building renovation see on Main Street

Master Builder Keith really uses tools
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Northside floor restoration completed
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Balcony strengthened with added floor joices, treated support posts installed to basement footings

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More 2nd floor railroad collection room, late Feb. 2009

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Corrected 1st to 2nd floor where starewell was removed many decades ago

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Floor replacement provided access to properly place balcony posts

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Picking and jackhammering, picking and jackhammering, completed with 4 hard days labor

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New center footing and limestone cavity connecting front and rear basements

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Center cavity connecting front and rear basements is complete

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Keith & Mike poured new concrete outside footings and a center footing to support the new floor