Making something new isn't necessarily a good thing. In such an example, a renovation at the city hall of Jersey City unveiled a majestic early 20th century tiled floor, and it is beyond imagining why it was covered in the first place.
Recently, the city hall had gone into renovation to make use of the downtime caused by the quarantine by doing the projects that would've been inconvenient for the residents. The work of the builders revealed an early 20th century tiled floor and they restored the flooring to make it look anew.
The discovery was made public by the mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, who shared the story through Twitter.
We used Covid-19 shutdown to do projects that would’ve been inconvenient for residents regularly (street paving, park renovations etc). One project was ripping up the 1960s vinyl floor at city hall. We thought we’d find garbage but instead we found the original from 100 yrs ago pic.twitter.com/tZdASc8JOb— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) May 3, 2020
Finding such a beautiful piece of history, when thinking they would find garbage must have been pretty cool.
Apparently, several renovations have occurred in the hall built back in the 19th century. According to the web page for New Jersey City, the exterior was changed in 1955, and in the late '70s, contemporary design changes were applied to the lawn. The interior was affected by the renovations too: Many original designs were painted over, which has now been unveiled.
Many people were shocked to see something so ugly would be used to cover up something so beautiful. This reveal inspired many people to share their own discoveries on Twitter.
Here are some examples that are quite literally this, but in reverse:
Lovely - much like we discovered the original tiles when the old poor surface was removed outside our Victorian terrace! pic.twitter.com/IK9qybgof5— Will Da Force (@WilberDaForce) May 4, 2020
To think somebody thought it was a good idea to cover that wooden floor with CARPET is just lunatic.
Same here! Ripped up carpet to find these 1890 beauties! pic.twitter.com/FTXO0pKXeC— Christina Thomas Mazaheri (@LadyLaborLawyer) May 4, 2020
It was so pretty in the first place... Why would you cover it?
Gorgeous 'encaustic' tiles, not unlike these ones uncovered last month in a private house in #Limerick, #Ireland. Hidden treasure under the linoleum. Late 19th century tiles were fired twice, the ceramic pigment going all the way through the tile, allowing it to wear down evenly. pic.twitter.com/sw51s2gVYO— Brian Nolan (@bgnolan) May 4, 2020
Check out those beautiful patterns!
This is my neighbours house that I recently renovated pic.twitter.com/S1I6O42mMb— 🏴michael roberts🏴 (@leftarmdragon) May 4, 2020
Everything was truly prettier back then.
Similar thing happened at the @mncapitol during their restoration! Found lovely 1905 original mosaic tile underneath carpeting in the hallways! I don't have a before pic but here's from after: pic.twitter.com/uEgAjDgGqB— A🍃A (@LittleOverheard) May 4, 2020