Cigarette maker Philip Morris closed its production operations in Louisville in 1999. After more than a decade of disrepair and abandonment, the city has decided to raze the final remaining structures on the site. Updated 10/24/13 with more photos.
|Aerial photo of site, before demolition began. Locations annotated by coloured arrows.|
|Same location, several months later.|
|Closeup of the building on the right. Visitors would apparently check in here.|
|Facade, sans building.|
|Yea, that stings.|
Meanwhile next-door, a warehouse building is being leveled with a wrecking ball. This is where the YMCA will be located. After some deliberation, the city decided that this building couldn't be saved. Note the water container on the upper floor, part of the fire suppression sprinkler system.
Formerly the receiving building, materials would be transferred from this structure to the actual production plant across the street.
Trucking docks were located out in the front along Broadway. View from green arrow.
A set of long disused rail lines lead to the rear of the building. Given that another structure is currently sitting on the tracks outside this frame, its safe to say that they haven't been used in decades. View from yellow arrow on aerial map.
|Same angle, later on. They are grinding the bricks into dust.|
Likewise, these old bricks will be shipped out to live again somewhere else. Clay bricks like these simply aren't made anymore. In times past, they would've simply been dumped into a landfill.
|Located to the south of the old factory is this nifty old brick alley. You don't see these too much anymore...|