Friday, February 8, 2008

The Warehouse

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A while ago, I think in November, Brian found this little critter. It wasn't something we could just walk into, as it's in the middle of a small neighborhood.

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We're stumped on the second-floor garage doors. Any ideas?

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Again, it's probably awesome on the inside but we may never know for sure.

14 comments:

bluecapriethan said...

Interesting warehouse. I would guess that the second floor garage door would be for the movement of large machinery in or out of the building. Wilbur Chocolate in Lititz has a similar setup on the upper floors of their building to get the machines in and out. I found another place you may like to check out. The old Lancaster Stockyards in Lancaster. They have been basically abandoned for 15-20 years now. They are being demolished in little bits here and there, but there is still a ton of it remaining. You can park right along the road and take as many pictures as you want as it's very open.

Ethan.

Al Ebaster said...

Oh wow, there are some awesome photos and videos of the Stockyards on the 'Net. That's an incredible find; where in Lancaster is it?

And I've only finally gotten two possible leads on the guy who may own Michter's. One is a residential listing, but the other is a company listing -- and it's a woodworking company, no less. I'm going to give him a call this week and see if it's our guy.

bluecapriethan said...

The stockyards are just off Lititz Pike on the north side of the railroad tracks near the station. The Stockyard Inn restaurant is right along Lititz Pike and is still in operation, but directly behind it lays acres of ruins of the actual stockyards. Hopefully some of the leads you came up with for Michter's will pan out. If they do, I would imagine you would be the first to photograph the interior of the place in almost 20 years!

Al Ebaster said...

Oh man, I actually pass the Stockyard Inn every day going to work. We'll be checking this one out this coming weekend for sure.

bluecapriethan said...

While you're in the area, the road that parallels the stockyards leads to another semi-abandoned place. If you follow the road east, it will curve to the right a little. Follow that road and you will come to a very large warehouse with some very strange features (bay windows, large enterance). There was rumor of it becoming apartments, but it never happend. There are a few small businesses renting out portions of it, but the building remains largely untouched.

LN- Nickers and Ink said...

Looks like this could be a great movie set. Can you just imagine?

Nora Bee said...

Great photos. I grew up in an old PA gristmill that my parents renovated while we lived there. It had those second floor doors, and we have old photos of when it was a working mill, it was for lowering goods out to the ground level. Maybe that helps?

bluecapriethan said...

When is the next update? I can't wait to see what you guys dug up for this month. On a side note, it's really strange that I had brought up the stockyards and the other building past the stockyards. In the Lancaster paper on Sunday, there was a big article about how the stockyards will be developed soon. One deal fell through so they are looking at another one. So within a few months, they could be totally gone. As for the abandoned building down past the stockyards, it was at one time the largest fabric mill in the USA. It was bought by developers that are going to restore it and turn it into apartments and business space.

Al Ebaster said...

Geeze, it was starting to look as if I had abandoned my own blog! Sorry I haven't been in touch, Blue, just had a lot of crud to deal with lately. Thinking about it, moving machinery through those second-floor garage doors makes a lot of sense -- I just work in a factory that makes small-ish stuff and doesn't need to move huge parts around.

As for the next update, I'm not totally sure. I really should get to the stockyards ASAP if they're developing/demolishing it! We do have a few leads from our readers as well, including a more-or-less intact speedway. We'll do our best to get to Michter's as well; I've just been putting off the call to the probable owner until things get more seasonable.

bluecapriethan said...

Sounds good. I was going to get out and snap some pictures of some places around here, but my digital camera died. When you turn it on, you get a flickering screen. The camera shop thinks it may need new guts. It looks like over the next weeks the weather is going to finally start warming up. I do regular trips to a junkyard (I supply other Ford Mustang and Mercury Capri owners with parts) and am finally able to get out there again to get stuff now that the weather is warm. Hopefully I can get my camera fixed so I can get out and get some photos of places this summer too. It's too bad I didn't think of it at the time, but down at the end of my street was the old Raymark/Raybestos asbestos brake lining plant. They bulldozed it all during the summer of 2006. Now it's just a weedy lot. There were also all the Armstrong buildings in Lancaster that were leveled last fall. With the exploding growth in this area, a lot of the abandoned sites are getting demolished and new stuff put in. I really hope you can get in to Michters. That will be an AWESOME tour.

Brian said...

Sorry if we left everyone hanging. We had a very cold jan/feb/march, the temps are just now starting to come to a tollerable level. Call me wissy, but I don't do cold lol.

It gave us some time to catch up on movies we'd been putting off, and I had some personal car projects that were taking up the bulk of my free time for a while.

Hopefully we can get to the stock yards next weekend.

Admin said...

nice post...

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone. It is actually called the Stehli Mill complex. I just have a few thoughts about the "abandoned" warehouse on Martha Ave in Lancaster. It is not actually abandoned whatsoever, and it was the longest continuously running silk mill, not fabric mill in the country. It employed many many people throughout the area, and at one time was the biggest employer in the area. It is an enormous complex, and at one time was used by RCA to build and store television and other electronic products. It is approximately 11 acres, with seven buildings dating from 1903 on up to 1927, when the last structure was built. I do know the former owners who still have their trucking company on the property. If you have any questions or would like to know more, do not hesitate to contact me. I may be able to help.

Anonymous said...

Just as a sad aside to Stehli Mill, a developer did buy it but as of now has leveled/razed three buildings and generally made a muck of the complex.

I have been in and through all buildings legally in the complex many times and know the history and how incredibly amazing Stehli Mill is. I have walked the grounds and spent many long hours and days in the buildings and the complex with full legal permission. I am very honored that I could be a part of the Mill and its long history. It is very significant and important to the local area and to its economic boom and bust many prosperous and hopeful years later.

It, like many disused buildings throughout PA, has been a victim of stupid acts of vandalism, destruction of property, copper thefts and all types of human abuse in the past years. It is a towering complex, and is and continues to be an intimidating, powerful tribute to what PA once was and has been struggling to return to again.

It has managed to survive and remain mostly the way it was when it was full of massive looms and machinery and throngs of workers. Because of the people who owned it and continually tried to keep it alive and use it for many different businesses and uses through the years, it is still here despite nature's and some really despicable idiots best attempts at vandalizing and destroying it.

It is still in use, and hopefully it will be re-adapted and reused so that it can continue to be important to Lancaster City and the County once again. It is worth saving, and I hope someday soon it will be bustling again.

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