The studio tour begins with some history... this is the logo of the former General Iron Works.

The logo of the former General Iron Works.

 

Aerial view of General Iron Works c1955.

From 1924 to 1986 General Iron Works operated on this site of about four city blocks.

General Iron was a cooperative production facility for five Colorado firms
who manufactured mining equipment. It was the largest business
in Englewood, employing 1,300 workers at the peak of production during World War II.

In 2003 the Regional Transportation District cleared the site and built
a new light rail maintenance facility to the north.

Photo credit: Roach Photos, Inc., Otto Roach, photographer, c1955.

Detail of aerial view showing Ray Tomasso studio location.

This detail of the same aerial shows the studio location across from the
southeast corner of the General Iron Works site.

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The studio before rehabilitation.

This photo shows the Inter-Ocean Curiosity Studio before rehabilitation.

The removal of the later siding revealed the original door and window configuration of the luncheonette.

The removal of two layers of unfortunate siding revealed the store's original stepped roof parapet.
Original door and window openings facing General Iron also appeared.

View of the General Iron Works pattern shop and gatehouse.

This c1985 view shows the main gate and the pattern storage building and gatehouse,
two of the 29 buildings on the General Iron site.

Photo credit: Englewood Public Library online gallery of local history photos,
photographer unknown.

A forklift crew readies the gatehouse for its move to the studio.

By 2006 the Gatehouse was the only surviving General Iron Works building.
The City of Englewood ordered its demolition because it was frequented by transients.
Instead, the owner contacted Ray, who had previously expressed an interest
in acquiring the building.

A forklift carries the General Iron gatehouse from its original location to the studio, a block to the east.

Here the Gatehouse is moved one block east to the studio via forklift.
For 62 years it guarded the entrance to General Iron Works.
Now retired, it serves as a tea house in the studio garden.

General Iron gatehouse in Ray Tomasso's studio garden.


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