|Willys-Overland Administration Building - Brick|
The Willys-Overland Administration Building was an extremely ornate building that used a variety of stone materials in its construction.
The brick itself looks to be of high quality with a glazed face made to look like limestone. This narrows it down to the exterior stone.
The major architectural elements outside the building were mainly Indiana Limestone. The specifications called for:
Those architectural limestone parts were provided by the Henry Struble Cut Stone Company located in Monroe County, IN. The kind of limestone was used to build the Empire State Building and the Pentagon.
|Henry Struble Cut Stone Company|
Looking at the specifications for the brick work shows exactly where the brick came from:
The areas between the major architectural elements used these face bricks:
I asked the seller on ebay that I bought this from whether he knew the history behind it. It has a brass tag of "4-29-79" and a note that
says "Brick from Kaiser Willys Administration Bldg. Toledo-Ohio Spring 1979". What he said was the brick belonged to a friend of his that was
a long-time member of the Kaiser Frazer Owners Club. From the Kaiser Frazer Club Historian, he stated that when the administration building
was imploded there was a group that was selling the bricks from the administration building to the public. Jack thought that they were being
sold as a fund raiser, but he was not 100% sure about that. Apparently, there were a couple of KFOCI members who purchase several of the bricks
for their own collections and that is where this brick came from.
The "4-29-79" tag is interesting in that the building was imploded until 4-14-79. But prior to the building being demolished, the contents were available for the public to purchase. In order for Controlled Demolition Incorporated (CDI) to demolish it, the first floors looked like they were pretty well gutted.
I am interested in any items from the administration building. Does anyone have anything (or has photos of an item they have from it)?