Recognize this view? If you frequent the canal, it will look familiar, as a view from Bugg’s Temple.

Ever wonder what may have preceded the current shiny newer business buildings? For this site, it was once “The Industrial Building”, built by Thomas B. Laycock in the late 1800’s.

This booklet, published by the owners, has floor plans and interior photos of this entire complex. And what a fabulous place it was.

It burned down before 1920 when it was home to the T.B. Laycock Manufacturing Company, maker of  iron beds. This was a model business, far ahead of its time, that provided a number of perks to employees. If a worker found an idea that would make the operation run more efficiently, they would get a financial bonus. Lunch was provided to all the workers, as well as on-site showers, and even a library. They published a monthly magazine for the employees, and participated in company vs. company sports, like baseball. Check out a more in-depth look at the company here.

Have you ever come across a Laycock iron bed?


With thanks to Dan Laycock for loaning the materials!