In June 1989, the final “heats”
of the open hearth ovens were produced. Over the next 12 years,
portions of the building were used for storage while the general
condition of the structure deteriorated. The building was turned
over to the demolition contractor on October 31, 2001 with demolition
starting on November 20, 2001. By February 26, 2002 all but a small
portion of the southern end of the structure had been demolished.
On the east side of the building, a calcine plant was constructed
in the early 1970s. This plant was never used, and was demolished
in 2001. The west side of the building, on the other hand, saw a
variety of uses over the past century. Several railway tracks are
located throughout this area. Some tracks have been abandoned and
covered with slag for many years.
Like the No. 1 Open Hearth, gas producers were associated with
the No. 2 Open Hearth in the 1950s. The nature and length of service
of the two units, located on the west side of the building, is not
known. At least six aboveground petroleum storage tanks have been
located in the same area over the past 60 years. The later two tanks,
removed in 2001, served as day tanks for the two package boilers
installed in the south end of the building in the 1980s.
Underground bunker ‘C’ pipelines supplied fuel to the
open hearth furnaces from the four aboveground storage tanks located
near the High Dump. The lines enter the building approximately 200
metres from the south end.