Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Personal Computer Museum Building
The building was constructed in 1934, using reclaimed bricks from the Brantford Opera House which was located a few kilometres away on West Street. There was an addition put on the left side of the building, although we are not sure exactly when this was done. There was originally a smaller single door and three ornate windows, which were replaced by double door and a larger single window.
Personal Computer Museum Building
When we first took over the site, the inside was full of garbage and when everything was removed, just the raw guts remained. You can see a garage door where the software library and theater screen are now, and also a people door that was filled in. Notice the pit in the floor. This was used to work on the city buses, as this building was used as the City Yards for years. The staircase was salvaged and is still in use today.
Personal Computer Museum Building
This area shows where the kitchen is now. Notice also the ceiling, was was completely reinforced and a drop ceiling was put in place. The door on the right (which led into the expansion) is now where the bathroom is.
Personal Computer Museum Building
As there were no services (electricity, water, sewer, gas) going into the building, construction had to be done to bring these services from the main house. The backyard was quite a mess for quite some time.
Personal Computer Museum Building
Before the center island was constructed, there was only a single hole in the floor where the wires for Internet, power, video and telephone come through. The building also includes modern amenities like the central air conditioning unit which is being installed in this photo.
Personal Computer Museum Building
The center island is shown here under construction. It actually is floating on the floor and could be removed without damage to the floor below. The building has been designed with future expansion in mind, as well as the idea that this home could be temporary.
Personal Computer Museum Building
The most recent work on the outside of the building was to finish painting the exterior that faces the neighbours place. Some additional touch up was required to keep water and birds out. This is on the opposite side of the theater wall.

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