Image courtesy of Jason Gray.
We learned from the owner of the giant building on South Kingshighway on The Hill that the huge edifice was once the Magic Chef Factory. Above is what was originally the front door of the factory, facing the major avenue.
I had always wondered why the Magic Chef office building was on South Kingswhighway, and now it makes sense; it was just a couple of blocks from the factory.
The factory is best viewed from on top of the crumbling South Kingshighway viaduct, which was probably built due to the heavy rail traffic going in and out of the bustling building.
I love how the building curves for the rail siding; it’s a little hard to tell from this pictures but rail cars could back into the heart of the complex.
Later, an equally massive addition was built in what I estimate to be the 1950’s. The Magic Chef brand technically still exists, but the grand factory was closed long ago, and has sat mostly empty since. Do you have any memories of the factory being open and operating? I would be interested in hearing your memories.