My favorite picture from the mills. These charts remind me of star charts or orbiting planets.
Left: A medium storage chamber with access to an interconnecting steam tunnel at ceiling height. This room also has various smashed toilets. Why? Because dead toilets–all of them–always find a home in a cave. Center: Steps go past a +-intersection, left goes deeper, right goes to utility tunnels for the brewery, forward used to go to the brewery basement… it’s now backfilled. Left from the backfill is a small hallway; see ‘Backfill Self Portrait’. Center-Right: Utility tunnels tie knots between the brewery’s demolished basement and its caves. Right: Most of the storage volume is in large chambers down this causeway.
This is the crane that would be used to lower extra-heavy bits of copper ore into the fire of the furnace.
Though the proscenium went through two overhauls (1940s, 1970s), it is almost totally original to the 1916 design.
The mill is one of the tallest buildings in the city. It’s too bad that the cupola with its big skylights and flagpole were removed.
Atop Elevator ‘M’, formerly Cargill ‘O’.
I really like the way this high-ceilinged room is decaying. Well, decayed. It’s demolished now.