This building was built using a steel frame with brick outer walls. The outer walls were divided into sections between vertical steel beams. The ceilings used steel arches designed to hold fire bricks set on steel rails as a way to prevent a fire on the first floor from spreading to the second.
On the second floor there was a full clerestory monitor and additional walls were constructed having fire doors to divide the space on the second floor into sections. In the event of fire, these walls would help prevent the fire from spreading to other sections.
Each of three stairwells were constructed as separate bricked areas within the main building and would also keep fire from spreading to the second floor or roof.
Overall dimensions for the building are 320 feet in length, 72 feet in width, and approximately 42 feet in height.
The building was constructed on a raised base being 64 inches above ground level. The base is approximately 360 feet X 112 feet X 64 inches.
The base was constructed first then a cement pad area was poured for the actual placement of the steel superstructure.
Riveted steel beams measuring 9-3/8 inches X 10-1/4 inches X 16 feet were positioned down the center of the structure. The steel used was 3/8” thick. The distance between each row was twenty-three feet. Each column in each row was spaced fifteen feet apart.
Each column was bolted to a column base. Note the rivet assembly. [ Photo 5 ]