Looking from a high window in the abandoned Ogilvie’s elevator across “The Kam”, the true size of the Starch Works is surprising.
On the left are rows of dayrooms; on the right is one of two long hallways which connect the two halves of the hospital. The large, center section of the hallway would fit chairs for patients to look out on the gardens. They called it a conservatory. This hallway would be as close as some patients would get to nature.
A yellow house above the mineshaft.
Scanned after being recovered from the bottom of an old wooden box for a few years. Circa 2005. The only photo I have showing the steam locomotive out front.
This ruined skyway looks like it should be at ground level because of the growth, but it’s actually the second floor of the building.
Shells of mixing buildings.
A multi-family home with an attic bedroom. The staircase was unstable, to say the least.
The company headquarters. Abandoned last time I drove past it, though it is the classiest building in downtown South Bend.
Wintertime is quiet, except for the planes overhead.