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It used to be an industrial building, and still looks like one outside...but inside, it's all new!

DAVID F. ASHTON - This unique space in Brooklyn, used for the Portland Bazaar in December - with its high ceilings, and north light windows - showcase an inviting work space in the newly renovated Iron Fireman Collective building on S.E. 17th, just north of McLoughlin. Those traveling along S.E. 17th Avenue just north of McLoughlin Boulevard have likely noticed the renovation of an industrial building just north of Schiller Street, newly rechristened as "Iron Fireman Collective".

The main part of the building, constructed in 1920, was the home of the Iron Fireman Manufacturing Company, which made what was then state-of-the-art coal furnaces that used an automatic coal-feeding system – and controlled by a thermostat.

Although the building was later used by other manufacturers over the years, the present owners extensively remodeled the interior to provide "maker spaces" for small and innovative companies.

Currently, the tenants include:

· +&> (pronounced as "plus, & greater than"), a collaborative studio;

· ^5 Cider (pronounced as "high five cider"), a cider maker;

· Automation Resources Group, a maker of control systems and providing robotics engineering;

· Brooklyn Tweed, a knitwear design and yarn company;

· Portland Bee Balm, a cosmetic manufacturer; and,

· Ruse, a brewer of craft beer.

In addition, the large open second story of the building became the latest home of the nomadic "Portland Bazaar" on Saturday, December 15.

"This is our eighth annual Portland Bazaar, and of all the spaces around the city we've used in the past, this one is – by far – our favorite," exclaimed Bazaar producing partner Delia Tethong.

In the welcoming space, featuring exposed wooden beams above refinished industrial hardwood floors, 72 vendors displayed, making it their largest Bazaar so far, Tethong told THE BEE.

"The calibre of vendors and makers here are the 'cream of the crop' of Portland makers; this is the perfect space for them to exhibit," Tethong remarked.

For more information about the newly repurposed building, go online: www.ironfiremancollective.com

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