Wells-Goodfellow #23, Leschen Wire Company

A giant factory came into view, across a vacant lot which seems to have been part of the company grounds.

The stunning Leschen Wire Rope Company, which later moved to St. Joseph and now seems to be largely defunct, once filled these buildings with hundreds of workers, if not thousands.

The buildings show the influence of the Beaux Arts, and demonstrate how even industrial complexes could be elegant.

The company published a book one hundred years ago about their business.


    • Which makes sense, since they made cable. There’s an old ropeworks preserved in Compton and Dry in Benton Park that consisted of a really, really long and slender building.

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