Alcoa '29' a landmark
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
I'm writing in regard to the article “Alcoa's ‘29' getting new life” about the old Alcoa Research Lab in New Kensington. I am currently employed at the Alcoa Technical Center in Upper Burrell in my 45th year. I worked at the New Ken Plant starting in 1968 and in all of the buildings at the old research site prior to moving to the technical center.
The department I originally worked for moved to Building 29 around 1974 following the closing of the New Ken plant. Most of 29 was remodeled at that time and all of the main floor was restored to its original beauty, including refinishing the inlaid oak-paneled rooms with a “special formula varnish.”
It's sad to see this facility in its current condition, but encouraging to know that someone still appreciates the value in its restoration. If nothing else, the main building — 29 — should be designated as a national historic landmark.
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