The second floor was hit by arson years ago, but it still carries the telltale features of its original design, specifically the woodwork below the roof.
This ruined skyway looks like it should be at ground level because of the growth, but it’s actually the second floor of the building.
While the building looks uniform on the outside, inside it’s clearly divided between a hoist room and shaft room (seen here).
Copper poured from this furnace and was cast by the autocaster on the right into billets.
Between the ice chute and the back of the north section of the cellars, a little pillar shows where a room used to be. The ceiling’s disintegration has since filled the space, which seems to be the last point of expansion in the cave–this was last carved in the mid-1840s.
It’s unclear where this walkway once connected. Perhaps there used to be a building here that covered the entrance to the Santiago Tunnel…
From the roof of the Clemens House, looking toward downtown St. Louis.
One of the cupola air intakes, rattled loose by the demolition downstairs, hangs stranded on the second floor. You can see that the floor I’m standing on in this picture used to extend all the way to the right wall. The blue paint on the wall made the climb absolutely worth it.
Looking toward the museum from a broken window on the side of the concrete tower. The sign on top lights everything a dull pink-orange.