brickwork

Cafeteria

The great entrance to the Service Building shows the detail once present in the old hospital.

Wiggle

Steam pipes squirm around the stacks.

Arched Window

The top of the giant arched windows facing the Mississippi and the swing bridge.

Third Gate

An iron gate separates vaults below the barracks.

Arches and Alley

A delivery alley that cuts straight into the middle of the brewery complex.

Armor Stacks

From a distance (here, Union Yards), you can still see ARMOUR spelled out on the smokestack in white brick.

Gutted Battery

Looking into the coke batteries in the extant oven… chunks of coke are still hanging from the inner walls, despite the exterior’s wrecking ball pummeling.

Office Door

The substation has definite structural issues. Pictured is the sidewalk that connected the plant to the company housing.

Flower, Cross, Bell, Flower

Bells are highly symbolic, being used from everything from calling worshipers in the morning to exorcising demons at night.

Upper Vault

A typical room in the barracks, reinforced from mortars and light shelling, possibly.

Cascade Room

Sarah below Cascade Park. This space was destroyed when the park flooded.

Dan by the Boiler Room

In the power house corner is this gratuitously gigantic doorway. It used to be even bigger, too, as indicated by the brick arch another foot over the top windows.

Banksy Ripoff

At this junction where Brewery Creek gets a breath of fresh air stands a kid holding a paintbrush: a Banksy (famous graffiti artist) ripoff.

Rows of Arches

Small rooms in the basement of the asylum were seemingly too tiny to be used, even for storage.

Gate 5C

It’s not hard to see how Germany could turn these into a prison overnight.

Archspace Window

A window for light and air pokes above the big arch in the hallway. Most of the interior ceilings were broad brick archways.

Candlelit Hamm Caves

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.

Beds in Hallway

Beds line a basement room that is part way between the concepts of inside and outside. Boards and bricks were falling while I was photographing it—stay out.

Boiler Room

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.