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St. Louis Dispatch, March 21, 1937
“A House That Straddles Water”

ence the edifice at Racine, Wisconsin, being built now as general headquarters for an international wax manufacturing company, will have a heated floor, rather than hot air vents or radiators. Since the surroundings are very ugly, no windows will look out on the streets. Bands of double glass will let in equal daylight from every wall and between the bands tubes of slightly yellow neon will provide artificial light as needed. The 250 workers will occupy a single great room, only those machines which are noisy being segregated, and cork ceilings will absorb the sound rising from the heated rubber floor, blend it into a placid hum. Department heads will occupy a balcony looking down on the central floor and spiral stairs will lead to each department head. The latter will be separated from each other by movable metal screens and the stairways will also be movable, to allow for expansion and contraction of departments. A roughly semi-circular penthouse on the roof will house the offices of the president and the other executives. Everything about this building is intended to express the dignity of labor and the superior talents of executives who have risen by work well done.’ The management is enlightened and has provided a theater for its workers—all of them unionized.


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