A calendar and comic strip decorate the current pattern shelf in the building which was a coffin factory.
To get more light into the wards, the building was narrow and had angular rooms, often staff space, perpendicular to the main hallway.
One of my favorite shots from that year, conveyor line parts stacked and hung with Postal Service bins from decades ago.
The tunnels were full of bricked-up doorways. I wonder how many rooms under there are totally sealed from the outside world…
Wind blew taconite dust against the walls of these suspended control room, making even the glass appear to rust.
A little sun and a little moisture sprouted this grass in the middle of the steel silos, in the midst of Minneapolis’ “graffiti graveyard”. Two images of time: nature growing through industry and rust dissolving old art in the elements.
The front of the power plant (right), the distillery itself (center), and the regaling house (left).
A bank of vertical filing cabinets, probably dating to National Guard days.
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.