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Saving History

HeatingHelpHeatingHelp Posts: 301
edited June 2018 in THE MAIN WALL

Saving History

Restoring the steam heating system at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York

Read the full story here

Solid_Fuel_ManSteve Minnich


  • JohnPJohnP Member Posts: 4
    Dan, I've always enjoyed your stories, the way it feels like you are talking to the reader.
    I always look forward to Thursdays to see where we are going this week.
    This was a great trip! It felt like I was right there exploring that great old building.
    Makes me want to go and see it for myself. And all the work put in to make it the way it should be, wow. Glad they got you involved and didn't just make it "modern".
    Can't wait for next week.
    Erin Holohan Haskellmattmia2
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,293
    Thanks, @JohnPricken!

    And for those who missed it, here's the newsletter this week.

    And here's how you can sign up to receive our newsletter each Thursday morning.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 6,924
    Great job, great story. Congratulations on a job well done.
  • HenryHenry Member Posts: 963
    There is one 8 floor condo that has a Paul System in Montreal.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 14,979
    Thanks, John. I appreciate that, and the kind words about the newsletter. That's 100% Erin, though. I haven't written that one since I retired in 2016. She's better at it than I ever was.

    Hug your kids.
    Retired and loving it.
    Paul Fredricks_3
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 14,979
    Thanks, Jim.
    Retired and loving it.
  • gardenweaselgardenweasel Member Posts: 24
    This was fascinating! Thank you Dan.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 14,979
    Retired and loving it.
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 12,689
    Lovely article -- thank you Dan! Especially for someone like me, who devotes their time to restoring and maintaining the old, to be enjoyed by the present and the future.

    But those last four paragraphs sadden me... what is it @Steamhead always says?
    Br. Jamie, osb

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 14,979
    And he's right, Jamie. Thanks.
    Retired and loving it.
  • frankkellyfrankkelly Member Posts: 2
    thanks Dan that was a great read about New York City and Steam Heat. for people who do not know New York City and its
    history with steam it was fascinating, Thanks.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 14,979
    @frankkelly thanks for reading me!
    Retired and loving it.
  • BumpyHedBumpyHed Member Posts: 7
    The History we Leave Behind Us is the History we will discover in front of Us. My Fellow Heat Men Have Spoken. And I am with them.
  • BradHotNColdBradHotNCold Member Posts: 37
    Dan, thanks for this fascinating history lesson. Frankly, I think it deserves wider recognition. Have you ever sent this to the New York Times Magazine? I do believe it is the type of story they might jump on. All the best...
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 14,979
    Thanks The Times has written about GSMT many times in the past. This is one of my favorites:

    There really is no other place quite like this one. I't a joy to have Wetstock happen there. Ya snooze, ya lose.
    Retired and loving it.
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 13,762

    And he's right, Jamie. Thanks.

    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
  • EntropEntrop Member Posts: 1
    Excellent story. Thank you for sharing.
    To continue to strive for a more efficient and sustainable society is a noble cause. It is hoped however that policy makers either learn enough on their own, or rely on the intelligence those who do, before mischaracterizing entire types of systems in the quest for appearing progressive. Stories like this need to happen, and be brought to light more often!
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