The old truck scale sits in the middle of what was Nettleton Avenue Slip.
Exploring Dock 4 was a very different experience, since it was almost all metal.
The seminal architectural feature of the old hospital–the parts built by Illinois Central Railroad–was this staircase. Wide and graceful, adorned with paint chips and fire extinguishers, and leading from offices to surgical suites to the cafeteria.
Watching the comings and goings of doctors, nurses and new patients was a mainstay of asylum routine; one can find it easy to imagine pale faces pressed against the block glass windows, staring out at the world moving past them.
A self portrait from more than a decade ago.
The rear of the complex shows the more than 100 year old workhouse–still working! I do not know if the tanks are original to the 1901 elevator, but I suspect so.
One of the only extant assembly line tracks in the body painting department. No photographer leaves Fisher 21 without capturing some version of this spot; hope you like mine.
A winding flue between the ovens for Furnace 6, capped with sketchy catwalks.
These wide spools sit atop the abandoned tracks that lead to the train shed, which was later repurposed into a truck shed.