Historic Hood River
AGA Construction, Part II
This image had me scratching my head for a while. It sure seems like a companion view to this AGA facility construction image, except we’re looking SE instead of WSW. But how did the L.E. Ireland building get on the downhill side? I was pretty sure the negatives weren’t printed flipped, because the background hills in both images look correct for Hood River. So what’s going on?
I finally put both images on the screen at the same time, and it became clear the existing building in this image is not the L.E. Ireland building. It has many similarities, but look carefully at the skylight/ventilation ports on both images. The roof structure is different. It’s very possible it was designed by the same person, but it’s not the same building. The L.E. Ireland building is directly to the west of this construction site, and this other building is directly to the east. Now everything makes sense, and we can concentrate on the other great details in this view.
Check out the team of horses dragging the boulder, the men filling wheelbarrows by hand, and the rigging for lifting beams into place. And again, I’m surprised by the piles of dry stack rock forming the foundation for the construction. It doesn’t seem like the city engineer would be very happy with that today.