Sliding curtains gave a little privacy to the residents of this room, which looked and felt more medicinal than most of the other multi-patient rooms.
“GREETING FROM BEAUTIFUL GARY–WISH YOU WERE HERE!” My postcard shot.
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.
The chalkboard in the filtering plant reminds new visitors of the last day.
90% of Brach’s looks like this. Concrete walls, mushroom pillars, and water over the floor.
The spiral staircase ends in the basement, where two oil tanks (for the lantern) and a freshwater tank (for the Keeper) were stored. The basement consists of two long arched vaults like this.
2005. Looking at the brewhouse from the top of the staircase the goes to the tunnels.
Between the room with mold sand and the space where the car’s metal bits would be put together, a pillar is marked as structurally vital.
In the corner of the foundry, this lunchroom was literally collapsing under one small leak in the roof. Tile by tile the water ate away the ceiling. Note the clock.