In 1884 Frank Crook located in East Liverpool and formed a partnership with Mr. McGraw in the retail furniture business, the firm being Crook & McGraw.
The soon built up a large trade and in 1893 the business was incorporated under its present name, the Crook Furniture Company.
In 1905 the present mammoth seven story building was erected and Frank Crook moved into it in 1906.
JUNE 25, 2011
Just inside of the front doors on the first floor. All the pictures in this section are of the first floor. The ceiling of this type was common at the time period this building was built. It is found in many of the other downtown buildings as well. Don't let the black spots bother you. This ceiling was painted and it is not uncommon for paint to blister, crack and peel in buildings that stand empty with no heat or cooling. The humidity combined with the contraction and expansion through the four seasons each year will bring about that result.
The first floor and part of the second floor was being used for storage. It doesn't really distract from the beauty or essence of the building.
In the center of the first floor, on the eastern side of the floor this is found.
Moving a few more feet towards the back of the store one find that is houses a safe. As you can see we finally got the lights on the first floor on.
Impressive looking as well.
Anyone know the combination?
Some really great woodwork. A fact we have found to be true in most of these buildings.
Seeing more of this great woodwork.
This was the rear of the first floor. It was on the western side of the first floor.
Same area the flooring.
If I recall correctly the double doors go outside at the back of the building.
Looking towards the front of the building.