month of thanks, day 13, this neat building

I’ve briefly mentioned the building I manage but I want to give this place some proper recognition because it’s just so neat.

It’s almost 100 years old, and it shows in the strangest places. The basement walls are cracked a thousand times over with evidence of earthquakes. One of the doors down there hasn’t been modernized and still rolls on a track with a pulley and weight system to help it move easier. The elevator mechanisms on the roof for the traction system are the original massive steel pulley wheels spinning silently, with a clear and tremendous amount of power in their momentum.

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The wall between the elevator traction motors in the basement

The amount of history here is incredible, and I learn something new every day. Between the antiquated mechanisms throughout and the steady stream of ghost stories, this is probably the coolest place I’ve ever worked.