If you've spent any time at all at the waterfront, you can't miss it.
Every time I see it, I think "Those would be the coolest lofts ever." I mean, think about it. Killer bay views, walking distance to restaurants and mass transit (theoretically). I'd buy one in a heartbeat, if my own place wasn't already underwater.
But I digress.
This is the Administration Building for the Hercules Powder Works, built in 1918. The original wooden structure that housed the administraion offices burned down in 1901. It has walls that are one foot thick, to protect the managers from an accidental explosion. When it was completed, it was the largest office building among all the Hercules Powder Company plants.
During its tenure, the building housed offices, the main switchboard, a printing press, meeting rooms, and a post office. It was remodeled several times, including adding an accounting department in 1951.
Today it stands, awaiting its future role as a central element overlooking whatever development may yet still spring up around it. I know that sounds a ways off with the disarray our city is currently in. But I'm an optomist, and personally I'm rooting for those lofts.
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A quick note. I recently joined the good people at the Hercules Historical Society. They have been a great help to me already on this blog. I encourage you to check out their website. And, if you still haven't figured out what to get Dad this Father's Day, pick up a copy of the Hercules history book. It's absolutely fascinating. It's perfect for anyone with short attention spans, as its got about a jillion pictures and not a whole lot of copy. Seriously, pick this up. It's fantastic!