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I always thought this trackside building in Hadley, MA looked interesting. It is in severe disrepair and probably cannot be preserved. I hope to make an accurate model to save a version of it.
According to the current owner it was built around 1900 as a brewery but never opened. When it was completed there was a grand opening, people, officials, etc. A storm came up, no big thing in New England, but in this case the owner was struck down by lightening - during the event. The brewery never opened, the building was sold, and changed hands repeatedly until now.
It has an early hydraulic elevator, one large cylinder lifting an 8x8 platform (or 10x10, it's not safe to go inside and check), operating on town water pressure. He said when it was in use, the local household taps would slow to a trickle. It was a small town.
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