Tuesday, April 28, 2009

John S. Metcalf, continued

The Missouri Pacific Railway Elevator, located in Kansas City, Missouri, was designed and built by John S. Metcalf in 1904. Note there are two sets of bins: on the left, bins made out of tile, and, on the right, bins made out of reinforced concrete. This suggests that the facility was built in two separate stages. (The photograph above was taken in the early 1940s.)

In the center foreground, there appears to be a freestanding pneumatic dust collector. Its tubes are positioned to "suck" the dust out of the basements (the areas under the grain bins) of each of the silo-buildings. The top of the elevator's workhouse (apparently made of reinforced concrete, not steel and iron) can be seen above and directly behind the dust collector.

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