Today’s Adventure in Architecture:
Most of my days are the same old thing, but today was an adventure.
I went with a coworker to check out an old building that’s going to be renovated. It’s an old brick warehouse, four stories, and we aren’t sure how old it is, but we found a pipe in the fire sprinkler system that was dated in the 1920’s. Most of the floors have been unused for decades.
Awesome things about this building:
-There were old-school fire doors, which are giant metal doors that slide sideways to block a doorway when there’s a fire. (Do a google image search. They’re cool.)
-There were doors on the stairs (I’m not sure why, but probably for fire protection), which means there were doors that looked like pretty ordinary doors except that they were mounted on the floor, and when closed, they sealed off the hole in the floor that the stairs pass through.
-The elevator doors were the old wooden doors that slide upward to open. (Google freight elevator wood gates, if you don’t know what I mean.)-There was a basement that was pitch dark except for our flashlights. There wasn’t actually anything very interesting about the basement. It was just really cool to go exploring in the dark.
-There was a little bit of graffiti where people had put their names and the date, and the dates were from the 70’s and 80’s. (Which tells you how long those floors have been unused.)
Really NOT Awesome things:Unfortunately (but not surprisingly) pigeons and mice had gotten inside. In some places, the floor was strewn with droppings. Even more unfortunate was that, in preparation for the renovation, the building owners seemed to have left out poison or something, because the animals were now dead. In the middle of the floor. Also, dead things do not smell good.
It was one of those days that I say, “You know, I think I picked the right career. This is pretty awesome.”