Connecting the Administration building’s tower and top floors is this beautiful cast iron staircase. It was probably designed to help service the clock originally planned to be set in the tower, but when the hospital went over budget the state cancelled the timepiece. Now we are left with a gorgeous stair with little or no real purpose–not that I’m complaining. I am a long-admitted spiral staircase fetishist.
The clock, which was sold after Amtrak dumped the building, was returned to the Waiting Room in 2005.
Looking across a skyway at the dust-collecting funnels, one of the few pieces of equipment that haven’t been completely decimated by time and the elements.
The zebras had the right idea when they saw the pink beds–run.
Gopher Ordnance Works, aka the U-Lands, is a landscape where roots and boughs break apart concrete and steel.
These stairs lead to the balcony.
Shadows cast by the ropes, counterweights, and backdrops.
The fences helped discourage patients from throwing themselves down the stairs.
Note the rails in the floor that guided cars to the coating line, the side of which is lined with the windows in the center of the image.