February 25, 2014

Nitrosamine Walls - The Abandoned Rubber Factory

This factory belonged to one of the largest employers in the region.
It was founded in 1870 and produced in this facility until 2009, when the production was relocated.
The origins date back to about 1850 when - a decade after his brother Charles Goodyear discovered the process of vulcanization - Nelson Goodeyr discovered Ebonite (hard rubber).
The son of an industrial pioneer purchased the patents for the European market.
His brother, in turn, collaborated with two other industrialists in 1856 and together they founded the "Rubber Comb Company" on the site of the location I was able to visit this weekend.

So much for the story of the company for now, more will follow...here are the first photos.

Oh! And in case you've been wondering about the title of this new series: The building is under monument protection and since 2009, various investors that wanted to turn it into apartments have backed out because of the massive nitrosamine contamination of the building walls. Guess they're afraid to expose their future tenants to carcinogenic toxins...

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Revisit

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