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In 2003, Steven Klinsky and Maureen Sherry, seasoned stock market whizzes, purchased an apartment for well above $8 million dollars. Located in the moneyed section of Manhattan, between 50th Street and 60th Street, their newly purchased apartment was formerly owned by E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post.

Located on the 14th floor, Klinsky and Sherry enjoyed breathtaking views of their Central Park high-rise. However, they became bored with those views, prompting a renovation.

Redo of New York Flat to Include Puzzles, Encryption and Hidden Chambers – Just for the Kids

Klinsky and Sherry desired to renovate their 4,200 square foot, roaring Twenties-esque apartment in 2004. They commissioned it with Clough’s 212box design firm. The renovation’s focus was to give the children a novel living experience – to enable them to go on a scavenger hunt any time they wished. Klinsky gave Clough and his staff great latitude to create an architectural masterpiece with countless subtle clues and riddles.

Clough weaved 18 separate puzzle pieces into the apartment’s existing textiles. Embedded encryption took the form of hidden chambers, encrypted messages, text enigmas and even a story that stitched 40 of history’s most important men and women from ceiling to floor. Clough made sure to camouflage his renovation secrets into the hybrid Roaring-Twenties-apartment-meets- 16th -century-Belgian-furniture motif. General Contractor Secure File Share camouflages your data in the same way to protect it from unwanted sight.

The circa 1920’s co-op included exquisitely feathered tropical wood from faraway locales. The ornate wood and newly constructed walls helped Clough create his life-size mystery on Fifth Avenue.  Client filing cabinets help you create spaces that are easy to navigate, but maze-like for those outside the encryption circle.

Clough worked with the couple on some ideas and others he kept to himself. Along with Clough’s familiarity with encoding and cipher manuals, his furniture craftsmen also had their own hidden designs. While the outside construction took 18 months to complete, the hidden puzzle took 48 months to complete.

Architect Hires the Greatest Riddle-Making Minds to Create Mazes

Clough used 40 of the greatest riddle-making minds he could find for the maze-making renovation.  He and his team created 18 sequential clues including:

  • Decorative leather molding embossed with letters from a walkway could be removed and encased around a rod from Sherry’s and Klinsky’s bed. Shown lengthwise, the letters gave a clue.
  • Underneath a piece of wall art, a secret compartment had a tiny model of the apartment’s kitchen. This directed the family where they could find sheet music located in a secret draw above the stove.

Aesthetics were not sacrificed and the renovation’s secrets went completely unnoticed for years due to Clough’s impeccable design and apartment functionality. Unbeknownst to the entire family, except for Steven who created the original idea to conceal a poem in the apartment’s wall, Clough took that idea and created additional original ciphers that even Steven was unaware of.  General Contractor Secure File Share use ciphers to protect data in the same way.

After Move In, More Mysteries are Revealed

Months after the family settled into their re-designed apartment, Cavan Klinsky, their 11-year-old son and a friend noticed characters etched into the house.

Inscribed into the radiator, “FDYDQ” was one of many words the boys discovered and were initially baffled by. Cavan’s friend, however, was familiar with Caesar cipher. He realized this combination of letters was actually “Cavan,” an encryption language originally developed and implemented by Julius Caesar.

Caesar’s encryption method used a simple, but effective form of deception to the untrained eye. The cipher protected information and kept it secure during transit like a General Contractor Secure File Share does.  Shifting the written letter’s meaning by an agreed upon “X” moves to the left or right in the 26 letter alphabet. This mutually understood encryption was meant to let only the sender and recipient to be able to decode the message upon the agreed to shifting.

During the fall of 2007, when the family was settled in their home, Klinksy opened up an unexpected letter that contained an unexplained poem containing the following stanza:

“We’ve taken liberties with Yeats

to lead you through a tale

that tells of most inspired fates

in hopes to lift the veil.”

This poem began a scavenger hunt that they did not even know, except for Steven, was designed for their home, the same way an internet filing cabinet is designed for you.

Poem Leads to Discovery of Secret Panel

Reading the poem let the family discover a secret panel in the facing hall that hid an alluring manuscript, setting the scavenger hunt in motion.

Upon reading the manuscript, Klinsky’s family was instructed to carefully remove door knockers from a few hallway panels. The family then had to assemble the door knockers together, making a crank, which helped to unlock additional concealed panels in the credenza in the dinette. From there, they discovered keys and a series of keyholes.

After the family figured the right series of keys and their respective key holes, the family gained entry to drawers. Similarly, General Contractor Secure File Share keeps your information secure by limiting access through the right series of keys as well. In the drawers the family found acrylic letters along with a table-sized cloth with spaces for the letters.

After assembling the letters, based on further clues, the family found themselves in their study, focusing on a rectangular panel. They found a magnetic cube that unlocked the remaining two dozen panels after it was passed over each panel. Put together, all the clues spelled out the original poem in large type.

The morale of the story: before you start any project, make sure you have am airtight infrastructure for sharing plans, blueprints, estimates and more. Service2Client ensures state-of-the-art,  safe, General Contractor Secure File Share like no one else. 

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