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The lost world of City Hall East 

First opened in 1925 City Hall East is one of 10 regional distribution centers built in major cities by Sears between 1910 and 1928. At its mid-century peak, the building housed thousands of office and warehouse workers.
Reminiscent of an old apothecary, banks of oak drawers in the maintenance shop contain enough outdated fuses, lead tape, cogs and gears to fill a hardware museum.
Each drawer in the maintenance shop is like a mini-time capsule.
The buildings maintenance shop is chock-full of obscure and antiquated hardware, tools and fixtures, from 1940s-era ammeters to cans of graphite dust and shelves of dismantled time clocks to vacuum tubes still in their original boxes.
Rows of old clocks gather dust in the shop as they await a repairman who likely retired years ago.
Despite their advanced age, the old-fashioned handle switches in the electrical room are still hot, controlling a portion of the current running through City Hall East.
On the disconnected control panel for a huge AC generator are large buttons that may have served as shut-off switches.
Nearly the size of a small car, an old electromagnetic generator sits idle on the floor of the electrical room.
Littered throughout City Hall East are reminders that, once upon a time, thousands of people worked loading docks, office and sorting rooms throughout the 2 million-square-foot building.
Rows of slots around an old punch-clock wouldve greeted Sears employees as they arrived at work for their shift in the buildings sorting department.
Standing within a small space for long periods of time wouldve been a hazard of the job for a merchandise sorter. In each sorting cubicle is a chute through which catalog items would drop from an overhead conveyor belt. The sorter would package the shipment in wrapping paper, label it for mailing and drop it down a chute to the shipping area.
There are more than 80 sorting cubicles, each with a name plate still holding a card with its last occupants name written by hand. Nearly all the sorters were women.
Shipping slips would be used by sorters to tell a catalog customer whether his order would be arriving in separate packages.
Numbered chutes each large enough to hold a sofa occupy a room roughly the size of a hotel ballroom.
Old office equipment is scattered through City Hall East. The printer on the left used floppy disks not the mini-floppy still used a decade ago, but the 8-inch IBM floppy last seen in the late 70s.
Refer to this handy guide on how to operate your favorite fire extinguisher from the 1960s.
The upper floors of City Hall East hold tens of thousands of square feet of empty office space.
Yellow stripes on the floor indicate the path for forklift drivers to follow so they dont get lost in the maze of basement warehouse spaces in City Hall East.
An empty frame still decorates a wall in the former Atlanta Police headquarters.
Even nine stories up, theres no shortage of storage space in City Hall East.
If you can guess how many chairs have been left behind in City Hall East, theyre yours! (Please have them hauled away by Thursday.)
Street vendor carts left over from the 1996 Centennial Olympics await their fate on a loading dock.
An IBM System/7 operating station from 1970 with its state-of-the-art ticker-tape feature was used to control water pressure and temperature inside City Hall Easts boiler plant.
Its forever 8:28 in the boiler room, according to this coverless time clock.
The city was required to keep core samples from its drilling for Atlantas massive sewer fix. The heavy, 3-inch-wide cylinders of rock are kept in hundreds of long wooden boxes laid in rows, each labeled with its location.
Each core sample shows what kind of rocks and soil are holding up Atlantas streets and buildings.
A passenger elevator has an odd juxtaposition of cheesy 70s faux paneling and a stunning 1930s art deco vent grating.
A rusted iron door opens to the rear of a freight elevator shaft on the buildings roof.
Many offices still contain random pieces furniture and fixture some arranged in random ways.
From the roof of the building, you can look straight down nine stories onto Ponce or enjoy unobstructed views of the Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead skylines.
As of March 29, City Hall East was closed to the public. For good.
Littered throughout City Hall East are reminders that, once upon a time, thousands of people worked loading docks, office and sorting rooms throughout the 2 million-square-foot building.
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