The exterior of this building was constructed of brick walls between vertical steel columns which were connected by the framework to the entire superstructure of the building.
In the west wall of the building were twenty-one large windows on the second floor and sixteen double windows on the first floor. Also on the west wall were three large double doors that opened to the first floor. There were also two normal sized doors with a small window next to each door that open into stairwells, being Stairwells-1 and 2.
The east and west walls had identical windows and openings for large double doors. The east wall did not have any small doors or windows since there were no stairwells on the east side of the building. There was a combined total of forty-two windows on the second floor and thirty-two windows of the first floor in the east and west walls.
The north and south end walls were similar in that both had large double doors that opened to the center of the first floor. In the rear or north wall there were two normal doorways, one opened into a small office area, Stairwell-3 and the first floor. The other doorway opened into the first floor only.
The north end had a different window arrangement than the south end of the building. At some later period, the rear wall was modified; the views in this study show the north and south walls as originally constructed.
At a later date a large air compressor was put into this building. Piping in the building does not indicate that it had air pressure pipes serving it. They may have been removed but that is not indicated. The compressor must have been for air pressure used at different locations within the railroad yard. Both items were removed in later years.
What remains on the exterior of the building is a smokestack that goes into the ground next to the first floor and into the area where the boiler was located. It would seem that a boiler for steam pressure to power the compressor was the reason for the smokestack, no other reason for its use can be found.
The smokestack was constructed high enough and with a spark suppression device to indicate that it released heated smoke and ash into the air. A wooden stand was constructed around the top of the smokestack for maintenance purposes.
As shown in the following examples, the exterior of the building appears as when it was first built.
This is a view of the entire building showing the western side as it would have appeared in 1905. The
The outer walls of the building, less the roof overhang and clerestory, measure 320’ X 72’.
Approximate height of the building was 42 feet.
Total square footage of usable space was 42,000 Sq. Ft.Along the east side of the building (top of image) a railroad track allowed railroad cars to deliver or receive materials from the building.