Inside the towering offices, Firestone-colored staircases connect senseless rows of wood-paneled offices.
The Osborn Block is the prettiest building you’ve never seen in the Twin Ports.
These stairs connected some small main-level offices with one of the main sewing rooms above. Because the roof on this building was strong, it was pretty well preserved–look at those colors. Through the open fire door on the left, though, you can see that the roof has given out.
The chapel (left) and surgical suite (straight on) move in an out of view as fog rolls up from the St. Louis River valley.
Hunter climbing up to the coal tower.
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.
If there were no other options, operators could climb this ladder from the Communications Room to the surface, after opening two heavy steel hatches, of course.
Blending the explosive ingredients was dangerous. It is no wonder that the blending house had so many emergency slides.
A look down the 1950s foundry building, moments after sunset.