In this week's link-ups, sites and features of Preston Park are taking center stage. Although its been open to the public for a few years, last week was the first time the RG and I ventured forth.
Preston Park was the home and workplace of Frank Preston, an English-American engineer, ecologist and conservationist who helped found the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
Preston was a leading expert in glass technology. Among his accomplishments was the development of a lens polishing machine for George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak. He invented a glass-melting furnace that allowed Corning Glass to create Corelle glassware.
The second story has a three-room apartment
built for a resident caretaker.
In 1947, the Prestons moved into the apartment
for the remainder of their lives.
In the distance you can see the roof of a small building.
This was referred to as
Jane's Cabin or 'the hacienda'.
Summer evenings were spent here
since the residence didn't have A/C.
Apparently she was a progressive
and had her own 'she shed' years before they
became the popular item of today. :)
Approximately 50-75 employees worked here.
from the past
The Pump House
and another view of the machine shop
This post has been a little longer than normal for me