The ADM Quality Assurance Labs haven’t changed much, except for that it has become a common home for the homeless.
This little curled yellow thing is one of the last hints that this adobe building was lived in.
Shortly after the former delivery wagon shed was arsoned in 2005. A turning point in the story of Hamms’ abandonment.
A gateway for St. Louis as seen through a gateway (of sorts) in East St. Louis.
Bits and things in a pile in the corner of the smelter, the unsold chunks of industrial history that didn’t sell at an on-site auction before my visit.
This ornamental stair is cast iron and used to connect all floors of the Administration building. Now it connects the first and second floor, then the third and fourth floors, with a strange cinder block and drywall barrier separating the new and old sections of the building. Note the insulation on the floor to seal heat into the lower floors that were used as offices until the hospital closed. On the corners of the staircase are lions, on the corners of the suspended section of stair are down-hanging pineapples. Set in the stairs themselves are shield motifs with slate tops.
I revisited the mill years after my documentary. Now it is even more destroyed and surrounded by new fences.
In the soft wood of the machine, an employee left their mark.
A cloud moves across the attic in front of the window. How? A photographer’s secret.