Windows provided the 250-some workers with fresh air and light, and helped to keep flour dust from building up in the air, helping to prevent explosions. Today, machines control air flow better without windows, so they were bricked.
A delivery alley that cuts straight into the middle of the brewery complex.
A window for light and air pokes above the big arch in the hallway. Most of the interior ceilings were broad brick archways.
I loved to spend time in the Hamm’s caves in my teen years. It was cold, wet, but it felt familiar and had its share of surprises.
The holes were for men to poke reluctant ore with long poles, with the hope that a lucky jab would let the load slide down into the boat below. Now they’re just traps.
Counter-weighted ore cars alternately filled and emptied to feed Furnace 7. Honestly, though, the corner-mounted cranes are sexier in my opinion. Note the trees growing from the stacks.
The tops of the coke stoves.
Hard to find your seat when it doesn’t know its own name.
A series of interconnected offices that look like they hadn’t been painted in 40 years.