The first time I walked through the Pacific Mill yard a few years ago, my guide was my friend, Tom Short, a devoted student of the mills’ architecture and artifacts. Tom’s love of these buildings was apparent as he giddily pointed out all of the unique details of these brick and granite beasts.
He made a point of singling out the Pacific Mill’s fire escapes as being the only one’s of their kind in existence. I can’t say if that’s true, but I wouldn’t doubt it. I’ve never seen a fire escape that emerges from a building in this manner. Don’t they usually zig zag down the host building?
I’m happy to take Tom at his word. That way, I can claim I photographed a rare species of fire escape.