The picture above is the area where my present workshop is being retrofitted for woodworking.
The small windows on the side will be a reference in later pictures.
The ruts to the left of the building are abandoned rail tracks.
This picture was taken in late summer of 2001 shortly after our family purchased an abandoned brownfield site that had set for 15 years.
My shop is located in the drive in basement portion of the old Falstaff Brewery bottling plant and is only a portion of the total facility. This building was built in 1904.
The basement extends about 300’ from front to back and is 110’ wide.
My shop is only 720 SF of this 33,000 SF space (18’x40’)
The distance from floor to ceiling is approximately 10’ but there a number of 20” I beams that reduce the clear space.
I’ve also included below a picture of the steel supports as they were when we took occupancy of the building.
You’ll see the column above as a bench mark throughout this series.
We did not do much to the building until 2004 because we were renovating other buildings in the facility that were in much better condition.
I adopted this space early in the project and it became known as the “Bat Cave”
I hope this initial episode has provided some entertainment and maybe perked the interest of those members who are interested in repurposing these piles of rust that sadly are too prevalent in our part of the country.
To be continued ,If you have any questions feel free to PM me.
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