The company headquarters. Abandoned last time I drove past it, though it is the classiest building in downtown South Bend.
King Elevator sits in the corner of a more recently-defunct lumber mill: Great Western Timber. Perhaps in the future I will write the history of it. Arista 100 in 120.
This is how the warehouse looks today.
These houses were built for the use of the lighthouse keepers in 1913 (left) and 1916 (right). The second house was added when the entry added a fourth light and required a second rotation. Today, there are no unbroken windows in either building.
Looking out from my perch close to the Kam toward the Ogilvie head house. To the left is a newer concrete annex, probably built in the years it bore the name Saskatchewan Pool 8.
Taken just after the sun set over Duluth. Don’t you love that green glow?
Summertime is when Duluth goes to the lakeside to listen to music, visit traveling fairs, and talk to neighbors about the smell of the lake. As seen from the castle walls.
The corner of the original buildings still carry the Lemp logo!
No, it’s not your Mac’s desktop, it’s a beautiful Lake Superior night. Taken from near the former Pittsburgh and Reading Anthracite Plant. You can see the frame that used to hold the lifeboat that was auctioned in 2006 to the left of the Pilot House.
Looking at the side of the Superior Elevator from the tracks that feed the Western. Note the old flagpole.
The train loading tower (left), and elevators. Check out that giant flagpole/lightning rod.
The office stairs. Part of Herb’s morning walk.
Imagine with yellow window guards are eyebrows and the open windows are the eyes. This headframe seems a bit curious.
Zachary Taylor’s very own Scottish castle, spring-side in the Kentucky backcountry. Boarded and waiting, but in surprisingly good condition, considering the decades. I especially love the tower on the right side of the frame.
This is what the complex looks like today to the bare eye. Dull, monochrome, quiet.
A passing cloud almost looks like a puff of smoke from the trimmed smokestack of Consolidated D. In the lower corner you can see a little Stonehenge that someone with a sense of humor and heavy equipment built.
The top of the grain handler of Ogilvie’s. The flagpole serves as a lightning rod. In fact, I would not be surprised if that was its primary purpose.
A buck-fifty shot for a postcard stand. Taken from the Stone Arch Bridge.
Grimy windows and the other half of the complex trade interests and stares.
I love the ghost sign across these two elevators, originally built as Superior Elevator. It’s looking pretty rough.
Originally a bagging warehouse for Peavey, later this building was leased as storage and warehouse space. It was finally demolished around 2010.
The annex casts a long shadow over its old headhouse and the former UGG (currently Vitera C) elevator. Arista 100.
An article from Minnpost describes this design as “marital”, and I could not agree more.
“Against the blue sky, its rusting central silos look like rising smoke meeting the last minutes of a sunset. These give way to a corrugated night sky of blue gray, punched-through with staggered four-pane windows, all glassless.”
Watching the sun set behind downtown Detroit is my favorite memory from the building.
The main gate, as seen in 2005. It hasn’t changed much since then.
Model: Devan. Instagram: sextmachine
Ladders crawl the back of the signs. Graffiti writers’ right of passage.