Birtle Residential School The front of the school overlooks the town of Birtle, Manitoba. It replaced a circa-1894 building which was a little farther down the hill. Similar Images ...based on the tags: archways, boarded-windows, broken-windows, snow... The powerhouse was notably older than the rest of the complex. I’m still not sure if it was build just for the cooperage, or whether it preceded it. One of the few doors. One of the large barracks. All of them are overgrown like this. Trees like masks. Boards on the window are like rings on a tree, if you know how to read abandonments. As wind and currents moved the ice around between the ore docks, the sounds of crunching echoed through the otherwise quiet bar. A strange little staircase on the side of the orphanage puts the scale of the building in perspective. It’s big, by U.P. standards! Inside the main entrance to the depot. Through the ‘To Station’ door, you can see some of the news stands. Look at the floor! The shed in the front was full of worker supplies–namely goggles and heavy leather gloves. Molten copper isn’t a friendly thing to handle.