J. P. HALE’S NEW PIANOFORTE FACTORY.
Hale’s new pianoforte factory, at Thirty-fifth street and Tenth avenue, which has just been completed, is said to be the largest building of the kind in the United States. It occupies a portion of the site of the old building that was destroyed by fire on September 3, and several adjoining lots in addition. The new building is of brick, with walls 24 inches thick, and is eight stories in height. The frontage on Thirty-fifth street is 150 feet ; on Thirtysixth street, 66. Sixty-six feet west from the easterly comer on Thirty-fifth street a brick wall runs from front to rear and from bottom to top.
On the top floor three immense iron tanks have been placed, which are tilled with water from the roof, Connected with these are iron pipes extending through each floor. To the pipes hose is attached, so that a flood of water can be poured upon any part ol the building. (We are informed, however, that this hose is of the very cheapest quality, and would be of no value whatever in case of fire.) On every floor rows of pails filled with water are kept constantly standing. The building is a vast storehouse of inflammable material, however, and a fire once under headway could not be extinguished. The only hope would be that the i.aoo workmen could all get down the stairways at either end of the building, or make their escape by the endless chain fire-escapes which hang outside the windows on each of the four sides of the building.
Iron shutters protect the exposed windows, and the drying rooms arc of solid iron. The stoves and glue pots stand on immense brick hearths, and on every floor is stationed a man whose duty it is to keep an eye on inflammable material. When all of the machinery is in place the capacity of the factory will be aoo pianos a week.