By Chad Hauris, Retro Electronics and Audio Lab,
Midland, TX. 3/6/07, updated 3/27/07
late February 2007 I was able to lease some office space in the West
Building in downtown Midland. This will give a much-needed facilities
expansion for the collection of retro electronic equipment I have in
the barn at home. Much of it has been inaccessible for years because it
was just packed into stacks and covered with tarps.
I've always had interest in downtown Midland's historic buildings and
now am really enjoying being part of one.
Exterior of the West Building. The building was built in 1952 and has
been continuously maintained. It is one of the few office buildings
from this time period in Midland still in active use.
Stairway of the West Building. The main entrance leads directly to the
stairs and the main part of the building is on the 2nd floor. The 1st
floor is mostly used for records storage.
Hallway of the West Building.
Here is the interior view of room #1. The office consists of one large
and two smaller rooms.
This is the second room which will be the repair lab area.
In the lab area, looking toward the third room.
The third room. The only real flaws with the office are paint which was
spilled on the floor in the second two rooms.
Beginning to add equipment to the office.
West building music room with curtains and some equipment installed.
Equipment shelf in the lab area.
Main room in the West Building with more furnishings.
Chad in the main room.
Gregory playing the folding pump organ in the music room. This organ is
a reed organ which folds up into a trunk-like case and was designed for
playing at outdoor, traveling events such as tent revivals in the early
1900's. We got it at an antique shop in Sudan, Texas.
Chad playing the Wurlitzer Electric Piano.
Radio shelf in the main room.
More photos to come!
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