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Heating at The Henry Ford

KC_JonesKC_Jones Posts: 4,113Member
edited July 7 in THE MAIN WALL
Got back from vacation on Friday and one of the places we visited was the Henry Ford museum in Detroit. First what an incredible place, if you ever have the chance to go I highly recommend it. We spent 2 days there and I could have easily spent 2 more.

Now the reason for my post. They had some really awesome radiators there. some wall hung and some that wrapped around the vertical support columns in the building. It's a hot water system. Enjoy the pictures!





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  • RayWohlfarthRayWohlfarth Posts: 724Member
    Wow that is really cool
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  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Posts: 1,521Member
    They look like regular T's, I assume gravity would have moved water through the radiator out of the horizontal pipe below it. Looks cool! You weren't lying when you said radiation wrapped around the columns....
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  • KC_JonesKC_Jones Posts: 4,113Member
    Henry Ford didn't cheap out on anything. The building itself is absolutely incredible all by itself, the exhibits only add to it.

    For any wood working fans, the entire floor is made up of ~1.4 million pieces of Teak, yes Teak wood. The tour guide said the floor is quite possibly the most valuable part of the building, I wouldn't argue that point much.
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  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,641Member, Moderator, Administrator
    I nearly lost my mind on my first visit to that place.
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  • KC_JonesKC_Jones Posts: 4,113Member
    > @DanHolohan said:
    > I nearly lost my mind on my first visit to that place.

    I told my wife we are going back, don’t know when, but it will be happening. She is in complete agreement with me, so that means we have to go.
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  • hot_rodhot_rod Posts: 11,439Member
    Amazing, added to my list of "must see"
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  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,641Member, Moderator, Administrator
    One of my visits was on the day Rosa Parks died. I went to the famous bus and sat in her seat, up front. God bless that great lady.
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  • PumpguyPumpguy Posts: 363Member
    I've visited The Henry Ford several times over the years.

    Keep in mind that their exhibits change over time. If you've seen something there in the past and want to see it again, you may be disappointed.

    On the other hand, the new exhibit may may be even more wonderful than the exhibit it replaced.

    Always worth a visit if you're in the Detroit metro area and you have the time.
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  • retiredguyretiredguy Posts: 28Member
    I wonder if the lower tee is a Monoflo.--- I once was at a high school in Erie, Pa.and the steam header was 12" threaded pipe as were all fittings and valves. What a work of art!
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 1,061Member, Moderator, Administrator
    That's a great museum.
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  • ethicalpaulethicalpaul Posts: 709Member
    KC_Jones said:

    Henry Ford didn't cheap out on anything.

    Well except for his employees' wages LOL
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  • lagerlager Posts: 5Member
    Have found 2 books on Henry Ford in antique malls, interesting reading,,,,,,,,,,has anyone heard about "Fordlandia"

    if not I recommend a google search
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,641Member, Moderator, Administrator
    I read a book about Fordlandia years ago.
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  • lagerlager Posts: 5Member
    I first read about Fordlandia in Bill Bryson's book "One Summer: America 1927" another great read!
    and Dan, I am forever grateful, that you lead me to him,, with "A Walk in the Woods",,,,,,,,,when you used to post your reading list on the site,,,,,,,,,,so Thank you
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,641Member, Moderator, Administrator
    My pleasure! Thanks.
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