The largest room was the diesel laboratories, which tested various devices and fuel additives to make it safer to mine underground with diesel trucks and other machinery, such as at White Pine Mine, Michigan.
One of the storage bunkers was cracked open. I wonder how effective this heavy door would actually be… I expect, not very.
Beautiful doors separated the boiler room and the sugar mill. Can you imagine the gracefully curving steps in a power plant today?
In the quality assurance labs there is a old safe.
A fallen branch smashed out this skylight years ago, and since then the bees have found this tiny toilet a perfect home. This is part of the hotel where employees slept.
This is one of my favorite images of the year because of the color, light and textures. Someone told me once that the medium of photographers is not film or digital sensors, but rather shadows. This photo is evidence of that.
A window for light and air pokes above the big arch in the hallway. Most of the interior ceilings were broad brick archways.
The back wall of the ballroom, showing water-warped floors.
As my friend Jonathan would say, “on a human scale.”
Taken several years before the tornado story when the weather, and the condition of the buildings, were nice.