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Location DB > United States > Ohio > Cleveland > Victoreen Inc.
Victoreen Inc.
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created by KD20 on 3/8/2015 1:18 AM
last modified by Gothic Ghoul on 1/9/2021 12:12 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Large five-story factory full of furniture and other artifacts. Fire has damaged the entire front section of the first floor and worked its way up to the top of the stairwell. In the winter, melting snow from the roof leaks steadily and many of the floors are covered in ice.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
10101 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
United States
Owner: State of Ohio
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • fire damage, open elevator shafts, removed stairwell
  •  Interesting Features
    -lots of artifacts remain including furniture throughout the building
    -fire damage
    -easy roof access
     Security Measures
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1928
    Closed: 1981
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    Victoreen Inc. was founded by John Austin Victoreen (1902-1986), a self-taught engineer, in 1928 and produced radiation measurement instruments for the Nuclear, Medical, Mining, Defense industries until its closure in the 1980's. In the years following the closure, several other companies occupied the building as it gradually fell into disrepair. It hasn't been used since at least 2009, maybe longer. Part of the rear of the structure has been demolished and the front has been damaged by fire.

    Famously known for production of the iconic bright yellow Geiger Counters/Survey Meters:

    CDV-700 (Geiger Counter, employing a Geiger-Müller tube on an external probe)
    CDV-715 (Ionization Chamber)
    CDV-717 (Ionization Chamber, Modification of the 715.)

    Though several companies were contracted to manufacture various models by the Office of Civil Defense, Victoreen is believed to have been instrumental in much of the development process, as well as being the only known producer of the CDV-717.

    Hundreds of thousands of these instruments were ordered by the Office of Civil Defense and distributed to Fallout Shelters, monitoring stations and first responders during the cold-war, and as such they have became an icon of an era of paranoia when the world was a button-press away from mutually-assured destruction.
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     Future Plans
    Bright future as a vacant lot

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    Victoreen Inc. 3/2015
    Sun, Mar 8th, 2015
    posted by KD20
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     Web Links
    (126-12-002, 126-12-004)


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    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 1/9/2021 2:21 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jan 9 21 at 14:21, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 9 21 at 12:12, Gothic Ghoul changed the following: Media Coverage
  • on Jan 9 21 at 12:11, Gothic Ghoul changed the following: Media Coverage
  • on Jan 9 21 at 12:11, Gothic Ghoul changed the following: Status, Future Plans
  • on Apr 26 19 at 14:23, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Apr 26 19 at 6:39, Gothic Ghoul changed the following: Year Closed
  • on Apr 26 19 at 6:39, Gothic Ghoul changed the following: Year Closed
  • on Apr 26 19 at 6:36, Gothic Ghoul changed the following: History, Year Closed, Future Plans
  • on Apr 26 19 at 6:14, Gothic Ghoul changed the following: History
  • on Apr 26 19 at 6:06, Gothic Ghoul changed the following: Web Links
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