This building is well preserved and currently contains a restaurant selling psuedo-Mexican food.
The smokestack is also well preserved and its excellent brickwork can be seen for miles around. These double doors open up to the base of the smokestack, but this opening is bricked over on the outside.
I'd like to think that seeing these artifacts of Cincinnati's industrial past will plant a seed of ironitis in diners who otherwise wouldn't be exposed to that blessed disease. As much as it pained me to learn that this old factory is now a shadow of its former self, I am glad that it has been preserved in some capacity and hope it remains that way. The above LeBlond images are the start of a project I am doing to document any of the existing buildings of machine tool manufacturers in Cincinnati.
If anyone has address information on any machine tool makers located in Cincinnati, I would love to hear from you.
This facility produced steam heat, compressed air and DC power for the LeBlond Norwood plant. The floor to ceiling doors were the entrance for an overhead monorail device that ran, 100 feet or more out into the rear parking lot. The first LeBlond plant (a second story loft) is in downtown Cincinnati, somewhere under Paul Brown Stadium as is the original Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. The OFFICE is newer, post WW2 I'd guess and covers the front portion of the 1910 North Shop.


The Carlton Machine Tool Company was located diagonally across the street from the South Shop. A few blocks south of this Google Earth photo is the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company's Spring Grove Avenue facility, which housed it's operations from 1892 to 1911. Below is a little larger image (I enlarged Mikes photo) which shows a little more on the aerial view. The Pattern shop had built a conference table of as I recall Mahagony and Walnut that had the Fleur De Lis in the center of the table inlaid in walnut. Unfortunately the powerhouse and the clock tower were the only parts of the original factory retained when the Rookwood Pavillion shopping center was built. Before the move to the new Makino facility in Mason, three of us climbed up to the roof and to the top of the clock tower. This building still exists today and houses Kirk & Blum, a sheetmetal fabrication concern.
I suspect that there was much more to this complex, though it had to be torn down to make way for the shopping mall that surrounds it. The monorail and its support structure straddled a railroad track and hopper cars of coal were dumped underneath. Sometime in the 50s, Cincinnati Shapers changed their name to Cincinnati Incorporated and built a new facility some 20 miles west in Harrison, Ohio. There used to be copies of some of LeBlonds Annuals in the Library in the Makino facility in Mason, OH, I do not know if they have survived or not.


I am not a LeBlond oldtimer as I only spent about 5 years in the Norwood facility before the move.
The building was larger; partially razed to add the parking lot just to the lower left in the photo.
Seems either no one is talking about louis daguerre at this moment on GOOGLE-PLUS or the GOOGLE-PLUS service is congested. The monorail was DC powered and carried one man in a cab with a cable operated clamshell scoop underneath. In the Google photo there is a shorter addition shown on the north side of this building, which was added after 1910. But I would check the local historical societies in the area as I am sure there are copies around somewhere.
It was sad to see it go, leaky roofs and all but my understanding was that the sale of the property alone allowed the purchase of the property in Mason as well as building the new facility. The factory area still had the wooden block floor and this was in the mid 80's up until the plant closed its doors, so an updated facility was more than needed.
Maybe they actually removed the old table top and had a new top made for it but I do not know.



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