BEG: Old Orono Factory Building
~On the Inside~
The inside of this building consists mainly of very large rooms. On the ground floor, there are about five main rooms, though it is hard to count for certain because some of the largest rooms are split up into smaller rooms by what seem to be temparary partitions, walls of translucent plastic, and large piles of Stuff. There are also smaller rooms off to the sides of some of the large rooms, and other passageways leading down to lower levels. All but the small side rooms have concrete floors, some flooded with several inches of water. Most rooms, except for the front and rear rooms of the building, are quite dark, as all windows in those areas are blocked up with cinderblocks.. though a little light does make it in through some random holes here and there. All of the large rooms have very high ceilings, which combined with the darkness, makes it feel like a large cavern, and flashlights seem to light far less than they should.
We will start our walkthrough at the door/window to the back, as that has so far been our easiest way into the main floor.
On the center of the outside rear wall of the building, a six or so foot tall iron ladder is attached to the concrete and brick wall. It leads up to a doorway sized opening in the wall. The square room beyond the opening is large, spanning the width of the entire back of the building. The room is empty except for a few stacks of cardboard and other junk. There is a covered over gararge door sized opening on the wall to the left as we enter, and strait across from us is a fairly good sized doorway toped by a shallow arch. The most interesting thing here is the huge derailed/broken sliding steel door that is off to the side of the doorway into the next room. Not much else in here, so we procede on through the large door.
Photo of the large shallow-arched doorways that connect main rooms. They form a strait Line through the length of the building. This one has the remains of a sliding metal door
This is room also spans the width of the building, but is much narrower. It is also empty. This doorway is directly in line with, and the same size/shape as the one before it. Moving onward into the building...
Photo looking down the length of this narrow gallery style room.
...we enter the first truly dark and cavernous room. This seems huge. There are several things of interest in this room. Several steel barrels are lined up in places along some of the walls, and a line of small metal dumpster-like containers divide the room up the center. The dumpsters are filled with the filth cleaned up by people working in the building; pigeon guano, the ragged nesting material of homeless people, rotted corpses of small animals, and other junk used and thrown away by the workers. There are two exits from this room. One is just the same as the other large door ways we've been through so far. The other exit, in the far right corner, is a downward sloping ramp which goes into a passageway on the wall to our right. Lets take just a moment to explore down the later route first.
This downward sloping passage goes for a short ways before coming to a side passage to the left. The branching passage is another downward sloping passage which goes for a ways and ends with a door on the lefthand wall, which goes into one of the basement areas. Not taking the branch and going strait ahead will take us to the area of the loading dock. Back near where we first enter the downward sloping passage, there is a small hole in the wall which affords a teasing view of the dank basement.
Photo looking into the hole in the wall that gives us a taste of what the basement looks like.
Backtracking back up into the cavernous groundfloor room, we move on now through the large doorway in the center of the far wall, directly facing the other large doorways of it's kind. Here we go...
Starting at this area, the building gains about thirty or more feet to it's left side. This part of the building could all be one huge room, but it is divided up into many rooms of varying sizes. These smaller rooms are connected by open hallway areas which zigzag around in a sort of small maze of poorly built walls, plastic partitions, machines, and other assorted structures. Light leaks in from several sources making it fairly easy to see. Most of the floor of this area, and the areas past it, are covered by several inches of water (or ice in the winter). The main passage through this room goes strait ahead to another of those large doorways, with another passage heading off to the left. At this intersection, there is a ladder going up to some sort of loft, purhaps the small rooftop building that can be seen from the outside. Along the left passage of this room, both on the right and left sides, are several doorways (normal door sized) which lead into small rooms. One of the larger of these small rooms is the one surrounded by walls made from translucent plastic supported by wooden frames. The big feature of this room is a measuring scale with a metal weighing plate built into the floor. Exits from this room lead off to other parts of the surounding area, but for the sake of simplicity, we'll go back out the way we came in. Some other interesting things down this side branch are a room area full of large ont to two foot diameter steel pipes going every-which-way, a boarded up gararge door-size opening, and several tables with bench grinders (in fairly good condition) and a vast assortment of rusty metal gears and cogwheels. Back out into the main passage of this room... several large machines, looking similar to ones used for processing cotton, are along the lefthand wall of this passage. Along the wall to the right are doorways which lead into small rooms with wooden floors. Lets take a short look into these rooms before continueing on. The first room is small and looks like it was once an office. It has the remains of a desk and some dumpy file cabinets, as well as some old paint cans and trashed fire extinguishers. The floor in here is made from those long narrow tounge and groove boards, which are rotten and warped from long exposure to water. The other room is full of the same kind of stuff, but looks like it is more often used a storage room for cleaning, painting, tools, and other work supplies. This room has another door which goes out into the next large main room, but to keep things simple, we will stick to moving through the large doorways that go between the large main rooms.
Photo of the area with the ladder near the middle of this room. Wally says that when he took this picture, the support posts did not appear to be covered in blood. spooky.
This next main room brings us to the sudden realization that we have walked the entire length of the building. Looking back through the series of large doorways that sepparate the main rooms, we can still see the portal we entered through. The old main entrance to the building is right across the room from us, but right in the middle of the floor, is a wide stairway that goes down to the basement. On the wall to the right is the door that leads into the small sideroom that shares also shares an entrance with the main room before this one. This room takes up about half the width of the front of the building. The ceiling/roof of the other half has collapsed in on it's self, filling that part of the building with debris, though the outer walls remain intact.
Photo of the caved in area, taken from the non-caved in area of the front room.
Photo of one of the small side rooms. Wally says that when he took this picture, the room was not full of mauve-colored fog. spooky!
Photo looking into another hole that gives a view of the basement.
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