Gateways A gateway for St. Louis as seen through a gateway (of sorts) in East St. Louis. Related Similar Images ...based on the tags: archways, black&white, collapsing, gateway-arch, people, pipes, ruins, what-is-holding-this-up... Giant ingredient hoppers stand on a concrete floor covered in peeled paint. A long exposure of the side of the coke ovens, lit by the nearby streetlights. The fences helped discourage patients from throwing themselves down the stairs. An old nurse’s station (you can tell because of the half-door with table) with torn-up tiles. Notice through the curved doorway that even the ceiling has a curvature. The bricks routinely fell from the walls, like seeds falling from trees. On a smaller scale, new walls grew from the floors. A typical hallway in the rocket assembly line. The primitive chair caught the falling plaster. The boilers are gone, but round brick portals remain where they used to meet the walls of the boiler room. Behind it appears to be the coal bunker itself. This building had no identity issues. My chief regret was not spending more time documenting the ghost signs around the complex.