Lou's Place in CyberspaceFIRST FLOOR-1
THE LAST BUILDING AT PACKERTON YARDS
illustrations show the first floor from the interior of the building. The
stairwells will be shown as well as the general layout of the open space from
the south to the north wall.
In some illustrations the
plaster over the ceiling supports is shown, in other places the plaster is
missing. Showing the plaster work completed would hide certain construction details
to be explained.
There were forty main
central vertical columns which formed the core of the building and distributed
the weight of the structure to the ground. These columns were arranged twenty
to a row.
begin at the south wall and Stairwell-1 and proceed northerly to Stairwells-2
and 3. Stairwell-3 is located at the rear or north wall of the building.
This view looking southwesterly shows the south
wall on the left, and Stairwell-1 in center.
The wall in the background is the
west wall of the building. In the foreground are some of the main vertical
columns of the structure.
This view shows the entrance to the first
floor from Stairwell-1, the window light illumines the entrance at the south
Originally there was also an entrance at the west wall, but it was
bricked in when the boiler and compressor were added to the building.
stairwell wall near the window on the right in this image, an unknown artist
painted an image of the face of the former President of the United States,
It is believed to have been painted sometime during the 1990’s,
after the boiler/compressor were removed. [ Photo 6, 6A, 6B, 6C. ]
Double doors opened to the center of the first floor. Stairwell-1 is to the
The main central doors in the south wall
had provision for narrow gage track, leaving an eight-inch space on either side
of the central metal plate.
This narrow gage track was for rolling carts or
platforms to move material through the building.
They were not normal sized
railroad track. It appears track in this area was never put in, or it was
removed when the boiler/compressor were added to the building. [ Photo 7. ]
the area of the south wall and Stairwell-1 a large air compressor and boiler
were added to the building after the original construction.
From photographs it
appears the original wooden flooring was removed and concrete poured to support
the weight of the foundations supporting the equipment.
The illustration above
shows wooden flooring which may have been there prior to the equipment being
Interior view of Stairwell-1. Door directly
ahead is the entrance into Stairwell-1 from the exterior of the building.
widow to the left of the door is to let light into the corridor leading to the
first floor entrance way at the south wall.
This view is looking towards the south wall.
Along the west wall, on the right of this image, can be seen the windows and two
sets of large double doors opening to the first floor.
One row of the main
structural columns can be seen along the left edge of the image. [ Photo 8 ]
Stairwell-2 had an interior wall with an opening
in it (center of image) which let light from the window in the west wall enter
the step area. [ Photo 9 ] This image shows the entrance to the first floor
from Stairwell-2, located along the west wall.
The doorway entrance through the
west wall is visible in the near center of the image through the first floor
entrance from Stairwell-2.This image shows the stair arrangement and the
door and window which are within Stairwell-2. Brickwork of Stairwell-2 is not
shown in this image.
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