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Column drama

When we started removing interior finishes in the retail space along Blackwell Street, there were three very attractive exposed columns, like the one pictured below.


In addition, there were quite a few columns that had been boxed out in wood framing, so their appearance was a mystery. We had our fingers crossed that these would match the nice columns above. But alas, when the finishes were removed, they turned out to be boring I-beams.



One interesting detail, though. At least one of the columns is marked "Carnegie USA". Carnegie Steel was formed in 1892 and sold in 1901 to US Steel. That fits, because we think this section of the building was built around 1900. (From what I can tell, Carnegie never operated any facilities in Dover, so this steel was likely "imported" from Pennsylvania.)



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