My original quest was to see if the art deco Lady Esther plant at 7171 W. 65th and the National Aluminate plant at 6221 West 66th Place (see http://snuffy.lib.umn.edu/image/srch/bin/Dispatcher?mode=600&id=atcB3659c) were still there. When I got to the first location, I saw what looked like the same shaped building, but covered now with a new reddish brick exterior. I then tried to get to the second location, but it is Nalco fenced property and inaccessible. For the heck of it I drove around the area and was pleasantly surprised to find a number of interesting structures, facades and logos from the Clearing Industrial District days. I thought I would share some of my photos, if you might find interesting. (I hope the two methods below from Picasa show up correctly.)
Love your pictures adgorn! I have been meaning to drive over that way for the longest time to take pictures and just never get around to it. No excuse either, as I live all of 5 minutes from there. I have kicked myself repeatedly for not taking pictures inside and out of the old Johnson and Johnson factory that stood on 65th St about where the Marriott is now. I used to work there when it was offices for Acorn Corrugated (which is actually located a little further west on 65th). We only had a very small suite of offices in the front of the building. The rest of the building was empty, left exactly as it had looked when it was J & J. We went back in there a few times exploring - it was like being in a time capsule. Driving through the com plex of streets behind the factories was interesting too, but that's all gone now.
Very nice pictures! When I was a kid my friend and I used to explore the factories
behind the WGN studios. Outside of course, because they where still in use back in the 80's. To bad bwalsh you did not take pictures of the J & J that would have been cool to see.
Great photos! Nice shots of the architectural details on the buildings too. I love stuff like this but must admit, rather shamefully, that I've never explored that area of Chicago. And now, after seeing your pics, I plan on taking a drive out there one of these days. I'd also like to do a bit of reading up on the history of this interesting place.
I have all sorts of photsos of the Clearing Industrial District and I'm pretty sure the J&J building . There is a woman who owns a jewelry store on 63rd street just west of the airport who has books and books full of old CID brochures, pictures and documents. I'll see if I can figure out how to post pics on this forum, if not drop me a PM and I can email some pics to anyone interested and give you contact info for the lady with all the originals.
Go to http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/11095.html to see a picture of the plant, it was right on Cicero Avenue. After it closed some genius attempted to steal one of the large ComEd transformers located behind a fenced enclosure on 66th st. It still had a live connection, making him the last thing cooked on the property.
The way I post photos here is to copy the URL from my photo(s) on Flickr then click on the "Insert image URL" icon here. I then paste my photo's URL into the box that pops up. This is an easy method for me, though someone else out there may have a better idea.
bowler, what you do is hit the Flickr button (blue/red dot) where you type in your posts. the first time you do it, it will ask if you want to authorize the module to access your flickr account. There is a link, the word "authorize" next to step 1 click the word and it will take you to flickr to sign in. once you sign in it will give you a code, put that code in the box under step 2.
After that when you hit the blue/red button it will bring up you pictures, click the one you want to insert in your message.
> Does anyone remember or know any stories from
> working at the Clearing plant of Western Electric
> in the early 70s? Please email me:
Do you recall the address of this facility? I briefly worked there in the 70s and can't remember exactly where it was.