Thursday, September 02, 2010

Okuno Building - Steam Heating Pipes (100831-1636)

Okuno Building - Steam Heating Pipes

The Okuno Building apartments originally had many luxuries (especially for the time it was built - in 1932), including steam heat, telephones in every room, running water in every room, an elevator, a lounge on the sixth floor, etc.  It's fairly well known that the building had steam heat, but when I tell some people that there are rooms where you can see where the old steam heating piles were, some are skeptical.  For my skeptical acquaintances, please have a good look at this photo (of the back upper corner beside the window).  In most of the rooms, people have (at some point in the building's history) worked hard to remove all traces of the pipes, but you can see them very clearly in this room on the second floor.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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