Bricked Windows Windows provided the 250-some workers with fresh air and light, and helped to keep flour dust from building up in the air, helping to prevent explosions. Today, machines control air flow better without windows, so they were bricked. Similar Images ...based on the tags: archways, black&white, bricked-windows, clones, old-and-new, pillars, windows... Point me to the blast furnace. This is one of the rooms near Shaft 1 that was converted to be a Dry Room, where workers would wash and change between shifts. Giant ingredient hoppers stand on a concrete floor covered in peeled paint. I wonder if these windows were bricked after the 1950 explosion with the hopes that, if another silos blew, the people in this office would be better protected. During the Cold War, the Air Force used the radar station to train bombardiers in radar-guided ordinance. The office for the maintenance shop was sound-insulated and ventilated. The side of the oldest building on the property, the former casket factory. When I looked out of the old mill, I couldn’t help but wonder what the hell was holding it all up. The Sun Rooms, or Common Rooms, reminded me of the Panopitcon turned inside-out.