I have long been fascinated with bottling plants. As a child, I remember going on a field trip to the local Coca-Cola plant in Ventura, CA. It was spellbinding watching the assembly line conveyor belts with bottles being filled and loaded into wooden boxes. I don’t remember what that building looked like but I don’t believe that it’s still around. There are probably 100 or so old Coca-Cola buildings that survive around the country. However, there are very few examples of buildings from other brands. I don’t know if it’s that the buildings were not noteworthy or if they were destroyed.
Anyhow, I wanted to share this great little page of photos and research that traces the history and remaining examples of Canada Dry plants.
I have several examples of these 1940s Canada Dry buildings scattered around my website — here are a few:
In Silver Spring, MD – from 2006 when the building was being converted into the Silverton condos:
here’s the finished product:
In Minneapolis, MN – from 2008 when I believe it was being used as some sort of warehouse:
In Cincinnati, OH – from 2006 when it was home to the Giminetti Baking Co (which I believe is still there):
In San Diego, CA – from 2009, now obviously converted into a furniture store:
[photo above courtesy of Gregory May]
also, a photo of the front of the building at the store’s website:
Keep an eye out for these distinctive buildings and let me know if you find any others. If you’re interested in Coca-Cola and other bottling plants, here’s a link to that section of my website: