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Illinois Pure Aluminum Company, 109 Holmes Street, Lemont, Cook County, IL



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B&W Photos

HB448729
South And West Elevation Of Illinois Pure Aluminum (ipa) Company Factory; South Elevation Facing Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Tracks And Main Street

HB448730
East Elevation Of Ipa Factory; Two-story Section Built In 1892 And Partially Destroyed Parapet Section Built Ca

HB448731
South And West Elevation Of Ipa Factory; Two-story Section With Brick Parapet Built With Factory Expansion Ca

HB448732
Interior View Of Basement

HB448733
Interior View Of Basement, Looking West

HB448734
Interior View Of Basement Of Ca

HB448735
Interior View Of Basement Of Ca

HB448736
Interior View Of Basement Of Ca

HB448737
Detail Of The 1922 E

HB448738
Interior View Of Basement Of Ca

HB448739
Interior View Of Third Floor Of Original Factory, Looking Northwest

HB448740
Interior View Of Third Floor Of Original Factory, Looking Northeast

HB448741
Interior View Of Third Floor Of Original Factory, Looking Southeast

HB448742
Interior View Of Third Floor Of Factory Addition, Northwest Corner Of Building


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Photo Caption Pages


Item Title


Location
109 Holmes Street, Lemont, IL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-45
Building/structure dates: 1871 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1905 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1957 subsequent work
Significance: Demolished in the late 1980s, the Illinois Pure Aluminum Company's factory in Lemont was one of the nation's earliest aluminum cookware producers in the nation.

Related Names
Rodman, Gen. Thomas Jeferson


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. SOUTH AND WEST ELEVATION OF ILLINOIS PURE ALUMINUM (IPA) COMPANY FACTORY; SOUTH ELEVATION FACING ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD TRACKS AND MAIN STREET. THE ONE-STORY BRICK BUILDING TO THE LEFT IS AN ABANDONED COMMONWEALTH EDISON COMPANY ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION.
2. EAST ELEVATION OF IPA FACTORY; TWO-STORY SECTION BUILT IN 1892 AND PARTIALLY DESTROYED PARAPET SECTION BUILT CA. 1948. BRICK CHIMNEY ALSO BUILT CA. 1948.
3. SOUTH AND WEST ELEVATION OF IPA FACTORY; TWO-STORY SECTION WITH BRICK PARAPET BUILT WITH FACTORY EXPANSION CA. 1948. GABLE ROOF SECTION IS PART OF ORIGINAL 1892 FACTORY. TO THE RIGHT IS AN ABANDONED (COMMONWEALTH EDISON) ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION.
4. INTERIOR VIEW OF BASEMENT. CENTRAL LINE SHAFTING RUNNING NORTH-SOUTH IS IN PLACE; AT RIGHT IS A PRESS FOR WORKING THE ALUMINUM SHEETS; E. W. BLISS CO. OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, MANUFACTURED THE PRESS. MACHINERY ORIGINALLY POWERED BY OVERHEAD BELTS CONNECTED TO CENTRAL LINE SHAFTS; BY ABOUT THE 1940s THE MACHINERY WAS ELECTRICALLY POWERED.
5. INTERIOR VIEW OF BASEMENT, LOOKING WEST. DEEP DRAW, HEAVY PRESS MANUFACTURED BY E. W. BLISS CO., BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. PRESS #3-3/4 S, PATENTED BY E. W. BLISS CO., AUGUST 16, 1892, AND JANUARY 31, 1893. THIS PRESS DATES FROM CA. 1920.
6. INTERIOR VIEW OF BASEMENT OF CA. 1948 FACTORY ADDITION, WITH REINFORCED CONCRETE FRAME AND FLOOR OF REINFORCED CONCRETE TEE-BEAMS, LOOKING NORTH. AT LEFT IS DEEP DRAW, HEAVY PRESS MANUFACTURED BY E. W. BLISS CO., BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. PRESS #3-1/2 B, PATENTED BY E. W. BLISS CO., 1893. MANUFACTURERS PLATE INDICATES PRESS DATES FROM 1920.
7. INTERIOR VIEW OF BASEMENT OF CA. 1948 FACTORY ADDITION, LOOKING SOUTHEAST. AT CENTER IS A DEEP-BRAWN, HEAVY PRESS MANUFACTURED BY E. W. BLISS CO., BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. PRESS #3-1/2-C PATENTED BY E. W. BLISS CO., 1893. MANUFACTURER'S PLATE INDICATES PRESS DATES FROM 1922.
8. INTERIOR VIEW OF BASEMENT OF CA. 1948 FACTORY ADDITION, LOOKING SOUTHWEST. AT CENTER IS THE SAME PRESS AS SHOWN ABOVE (IL-25-7). TO LEFT IS PART OF THE OVERHEAD BELT GUARD.
9. DETAIL OF THE 1922 E. W. BLISS PRESS AS SHOWN ABOVE (IL-25-7 AND IL-25-8).
10. INTERIOR VIEW OF BASEMENT OF CA. 1948 FACTORY ADDITION, LOOKING SOUTH. AT CENTER IS A SHALLOW-DRAWN PRESS (#3-1/2) MANUFACTURED BY E. W. BLISS OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.
11. INTERIOR VIEW OF THIRD FLOOR OF ORIGINAL FACTORY, LOOKING NORTHWEST. THIS SECTION OF THE FACTORY WAS USED FOR STORAGE; THE STAIRWAY LEADS DOWN TO THE SECOND FLOOR WHICH WAS THE LOCATION OF THE COMPANY OFFICE AND EMPLOYEE CHANGE ROOM.
12. INTERIOR VIEW OF THIRD FLOOR OF ORIGINAL FACTORY, LOOKING NORTHEAST. THIS SECTION OF THE FACTORY WAS USED FOR STORAGE; CENTRAL LINE SHAFTING EXTENDS ALONG THE CENTER ROW OF COLUMNS.
13. INTERIOR VIEW OF THIRD FLOOR OF ORIGINAL FACTORY, LOOKING SOUTHEAST. THIS SECTION OF THE FACTORY WAS USED FOR STORAGE; TO THE LEFT IS AN ELECTRIC MOTOR SUSPENDED FROM A COLLAR BEAM.
14. INTERIOR VIEW OF THIRD FLOOR OF FACTORY ADDITION, NORTHWEST CORNER OF BUILDING. AT THE CENTER IS THE BUFFING MACHINE, MANUFACTURED BY THE ACME CO. OF DETROIT, MICHIGAN. IT WAS HERE THAT ALUMINUM WARES WERE BROUGHT FOR FINAL GRINDING AND BUFFING. THE HOSES REMOVED DUST AND DEBRIS.


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