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R. K. LeBlond Machine Tool Company, Production Building, 2980 Madison Road, Norwood, Hamilton County, OH



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Location
2980 Madison Road, Norwood, OH

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER OH-71-A
Building/structure dates: 1917 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1939 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1942 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1953 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1968 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1989 subsequent work
Significance: The Production Building is the largest single building in the Le Blond plant complex. Its distinguishing architectural characteristic is its sawtoothed skylit roof truss system which brought north light into the manufacturing area and opened for ventilation in the summer. The building is important because it demonstrates the typical characteristics of the early 20th century machine tool manufacturing environment which began with belt-driven line shaft technology and evolved to obsolescence in the post war period. Additional significance lies in the role it played in the actual manufacturing of Le Blond's products which were important contributors to the evolution of the automobile industry and to the United States war production.

Subjects
Machine Shops
Machine Industry


Related Names
Zettel And Rapp
Madison & Edwards Limited Partnership
Ack Mor Properties, Inc


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
VIEW NORTHEAST, LOW BAY ROOFS.
VIEW NORTHWEST, HIGH BAY ROOFS.
VIEW SOUTHEAST, LOW BAYS.
VIEW NORTH, HIGH BAYS.
VIEW NORTHEAST, HIGH BAYS.
DETAIL, WOODEN BLOCK FLOOR.
DETAIL, SOUTH SIDE SHIPPING DOORS.
DETAIL, SOUTH SIDE OVERHEAD RADIATORS.
DETAIL, LOW BAY SKYLIGHTS.
DETAIL, SKYLIGHT OPERATING PULLEY.
DETAIL, RAILCAR LOADING DOCK.


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