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An unusual home on Coxwell Avenue

Today, Donna and I hoofed it over to Coxwell for a look at a building that our neighbour had mentioned recently.

The place is a bit of a mystery. We don’t know who built it or when. Is it occupied? Hard to say. There are 2 vehicles parked there, but they are packed with whatnots and look like they are used for storage rather than transportation.

Our neighbour wondered how the services entered the building… waterpipes, drains, electrical, etc.. Probably inside the big steel pipes that support the structure, but wouldn’t freezing be a problem? Is there any insulation?

Aha! Answers!

This sign hangs by the front walkway. Click the picture to go to the URL.


1 joni { 03.07.10 at 12:57 am }

the logo could b drawn in the sand .. it’s good.

2 Bill { 03.07.10 at 11:51 am }

My, you DO pay attention, Joni!

3 joni { 03.07.10 at 1:00 am }

I like the impact the second slide has. Wow, nice spring you have there.

4 Bill { 03.07.10 at 11:53 am }

Donna took that one. I like it too,

5 Paul Drca { 03.07.10 at 9:07 pm }

Looks like no windows? Is this an office?

6 Bill { 03.07.10 at 9:28 pm }

There are some little, tiny windows, Paul, but hardly any and very small. It’s a residence, not an office and I think it was a rental for a while. No sign of any tenants at the moment, although there are all sorts of possessions scattered around outside… ladders, hockey nets, bikes and bric-a-brac.

You might be interested in how the architect got the city to approve a novel way of keeping incoming water pipes from freezing. He snugged them up against the sewer pipes, using the warmth of the sewer gas to keep the clean water pipes from getting too cold. Code would normally require that the pipes have an electrical heating wire, but what happens when the power goes out? The novel solution just keeps on working.

The whole story is available at the architect’s site. Link at the bottom of my entry. Click the photo.

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