The Quaker Oat facility is located in the heart of downtown Peterborough. First built in 1902 as the American Cereal Company, it was burned to the ground in December 1916, killing 23 people and causing $2,000,000 in damages – the equivalent of just over $40,000,000 today. The factory was rebuilt on the original site on the west shore of the Otonabee River. PepsiCo purchased Quaker Oats in 2001 and many different brands were consolidated from around the country to the Peterborough location. That’s your history lesson for the day.
My office at work looks over this historic building and I’ve always wanted to do some photography with it, and Wednesday night I got a chance. There are so many different angles and things to look at on this building, so I’m sure I’ll be back again. I chose to show most of these photos in black and white simply because I love the contrast between light and dark, and there isn’t much colour at night anyways.