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Defrosting a Frozen Building

This cold storage facility in Chicago may not draw your attention from the outside, but had you entered the building a few months ago, you’d be surprised to see what was inside. After nine decades of cold storage and lack of proper maintenance, the whole interior was full of cave-like stalagmites and stalactites. Once the Fulton Market Cold Storage Company, which was renting the premises, decided to move out, it was sold to a bike component manufacturer SRAM. However, in order to use their new space, SRAM had to defrost the building first.

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture were hired do the work, however, such sight couldn’t go unarchived. This is why photographer Gary Jensen was asked to photograph this indoor ice age phenomena. The video at the end of the article shows the defrosting process, where you see the team using propane heaters to dissolve the ice crystals.


Looks like an ordinary building, right?

This is how it looks from inside

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  • Francette Hart-Ramsey via Facebook

    and wow some more.

  • Christie Graber via Facebook

    Cool video – Very cold !

  • June Crossley via Facebook

    awesome, seems a shame it had to be defrosted tho x

  • Mark Teague via Facebook

    Ts to my here are a couple of these shots I’d like to save. Can anyone tell me how to isolate and copy single frames out of a FB post, and move them perhaps to my flashdrive storage? (I already right-clicked on the frame in question and selected “Copy”, then opened my flashdrive, but didn’t know where to go from there !)…Sanders, you out there??

  • Hope Decker via Facebook

    Instead of copy, save it to your hard drive

  • Sundy Mundy via Facebook

    Use ‘snipping tool’ in accessories

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  • Deborah Saunders via Facebook

    beautiful pictures, but I am gutted by the waste of electricity by whoever left the refrigeration turned on for so long in a presumably empty building

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