Keppel’s Confectionery Factory

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Utilitas

This building has a very functional appearance hence it was a candy factory with a storefront and offices located upstairs. From first glance the viewer can see a metal shaft running from street level to the roof, presumably used as ventilation or transportation of confectionery products. It does not mesh very well with the architecture of the block and thus has a purely functional purpose. The upper floors and windows appear simple in design and were used as offices or workspace. At street level there is a shop that has a large storefront glass window and ornate masonry which has an appealing effect on those walking by. The aesthetic décor on the buildings stone does not continue past the first floor.

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Venustas

The Keppel factory is a classical or neoclassical design with Greek and Roman influences. The building has a classic C. Emlen Urban design and is similar to that of other commercial properties by Urban. There is evidence of ashlar masonry on the doorways and around the parapet. The windows feature transoms and decorative motifs such as bounds reeds. The windows and doorways utilize the trabeated design. The cornice features modillions, console brackets and a central cartouche, topped by a parapet decorated with classical triglyphs. Emlen used a symmetric plan when designing and constructing the Keppel factory thus the series of identical windows and the ornate sculpture around the main doorways.

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Firmitas

From the street view the building seems to have a predominately stone structure that is most likely built around a steel frame. The buildings foundation consists of large slabs of granite, a very strong rock resulting in little heaving or movement over time. The inside of the building has red brick walls and hard wood floors that are original to the buildings construction. There are two main pillars that extend from street level to the roof that appear to offer structural support to the building.

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