Friday, September 2, 2011

Old Coca-Cola Bottling Plant

Long before modern manufacturing plants moved to the suburbs or surrounded themselves with gigantic parking lots, industry sat cheek to cheek with the houses of its workers.Imagine, an America where most people walked to work, from the rows of tidy and modest rowhouses that Carondelet possesses in such great number.The Coke plant is not elaborate in its decoration; in fact, it is an austere building, but perfect for its function as an industrial building.Now converted into loft apartments, the plant has seen new life after rehabilitation.I like the ornamentation around the front door.


  1. A 1938 Sanborn map shows that a Coca-Cola bottling plant was once located at Jefferson and Cass, on what would later become the Pruitt-Igoe site. This Carondolet plant looks like it was built around the 50s, when the old one was demolished to make way for a shiny new public housing project...

  2. This was a Coca Cola syrup plant, not a bottling plant. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places & has been completely renovated for lofts & businesses -


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