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Thursday, May 31, 2007
Today I finally had a chance to see the 'new' building my company is moving into in a few months. I have seen it from the outside many times but never grasped just how huge and architecturally fascinating the building is. Apparently built as a brewery in the late 19th Century, it has been through many uses in the intervening century, including a period when it was used as a fallout shelter during the nuclear scare days of the 50's and 60's.
I really cannot begin to describe the magnitude of this place. It is one room after another that is simply huge. Many months ago, when renovations began, I joked to my employer that maybe there was space for a photo studio. He said, 'Sure, plenty of room.' So today I picked my space!! The room is about 30 feet wide by about 70 feet long. When the renovations are done, there will be a window at the far end and behind where this shot is taken a huge bay window looking out onto the Hudson River.
The building will swallow our current sized business and leave many thousand square feet unused. Already plans are in motion for a racquetball court (really!) and a gym. My employer is seriously talking of developing a huge penthouse living suite on the upper floor.
To put it mildly, this tour has gotten me pretty excited. I did not have my tripod with me on this trip so most of my shots were done either with exceedingly long shutter speeds or with my on-camera flash. This was done using the light that filtered through the opening that will become the major source of natural light in this space.
Addition May 31 8am
Thought you might like to see an exterior picture of the building. This was taken before any renovation work had begun. The building has been empty for more than 10 years. The low building to the left has been converted into 'front office' space. The first floor will be used for production and machine shop use. There is a basement beneath the entire building where talk is of putting in a gym and racquetball court, perhaps a large kitchen...and who knows what else. The room in my picture is located behind the second door down on the left side. Those large doors are being replaced with large bow windows, which will let afternoon sun pour into the space.
The exterior has been pressure washed, the lot in front re-landscaped and paved for parking.
I will try to provide updates here as work progresses.
Regular visitor's to the site may recognize the scene on the side of the building.
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