An Abandoned Men’s Club Is Now a Home
By the time David Hurlbut bought the Harmony Club, a 20,000-square-foot building on the waterfront here, it had been abandoned for nearly 40 years. Built in 1909 as a social club by a group of prominent Jewish businessmen, it had been turned into an Elks club in the 1930s; when the Elks disbanded in 1960, the building was boarded up.
Mr. Hurlbut, 47, first saw it more than a decade ago, when he was working as an industrial designer in Atlanta, where he was born and raised. He found it through historicproperties.com, a Web site he compares to an addictive drug. (It’s like “my crack,” he said.)
Photography: Robert Rausch