The Tri-County/Sharonville area is the Mordor of sprawl for urban fans, perhaps one of the most despairing, desolate and visually chaotic areas in the region. Yet there is something interesting going on here. Note the area within the red box
….in the late 1940s or early 1950s the Sharonville area was still mostly open country, and the area enclosed by the red box had some sort of military supply depot.
A close up of the depot, which had 9 rectangular warehouses to the east and perhaps open storage areas to the west, all connected to the railroad by a set of sidings looping through the complex. The geometry of the sidings and how they related to the main line drove the angled site planning.
This basic form drove the later site development, with some buildings standing, others not, and yet others partially demolished, with a bunch of infill, too. In a way this reminds me of those old Roman cities or camps, castrum, where the Roman layout and surviving buildings organized subsequent construction. The supply depot was the palimpsest for what came later.
And an example of how things changed. The red shaded rectangles are the original warehouses, and on can see how they survived intact, or were partially or totally removed. And how some of the open storage remains intact.
A few birds eye view of the features noted above. One can see how the fire-wall construction of the warehouses facilitated demolition…just tear down as far as you want and use the firewall as the new outside wall.
I'd be interested to hear if anyone knowns anything about this place, particularly what it was used for during the war. I'm going to post a short post soon on some other Sharonville things that I suspect might be wartime, but I am particularly interested in this complex as it was fairly large.