This building had no identity issues. My chief regret was not spending more time documenting the ghost signs around the complex.
The company headquarters. Abandoned last time I drove past it, though it is the classiest building in downtown South Bend.
Looking at the boarded exterior of the newer area of the orphanage from its 1914 section.
An unplanned skylight. It’s unclear why some parts of the building had wooden roofing, while others were highly reinforced with brick.
A great lakes freighter slowly passes SK Wheat Pool 4 with ‘The Sleeping Giant’ in the background. Arista 100.
The coal extractor swings back and forth, ripping coal from the ground and throwing it on a conveyor belt to be burned a few miles away.
This corner of the building was the coal room, used to feed the two big boilers inside. The steam equipment has been replaced with electric, so this section may not have changed much in the past decades.
For some time, tugboats were stored next to the elevator.
Looking through the washer that is the first stop for the dredgings.