Man Builds a Time Warp to the 1800s in His Basement

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The basement in most homes is crammed with mountains of dusty old toys, clothes, holiday decorations and all other types of broken, forgotten or useless clutter.

John Scapes decided to go another way with his basement – transforming it into a living, breathing slice of Americana. Over the past three decades, the Chicago-area resident has been building a staggeringly authentic 1895-era Main Street beneath his single family home – complete with a barber shop, general store, post office and a fully-functioning workshop where he builds everything by hand.

Check out his impressive creation in the video below:

What would your dream basement contain?

(Via Unique Daily)

January 21, 2011 - 11:08am
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