The seminal architectural feature of the old hospital–the parts built by Illinois Central Railroad–was this staircase. Wide and graceful, adorned with paint chips and fire extinguishers, and leading from offices to surgical suites to the cafeteria.
Between the catwalks of Furnace 6, the molted ore would flow through the chute.
Steam pipes snake up the walls like vines, but with asbestos.
2005. Looking across the Mississippi from a park the night after the first snow.
The four buildings seen here comprise almost all of the notable remaining structures.
This is one of the modern nurse’s stations where the last inpatients lived in the mid-2000s. The windows are thick shatterproof plastic. I am unsure why the suspended ceiling is missing.
In a now-demolished building, a skylight begins to separate.
The former, and much-altered, main entrance and grand staircase.
The engine room.
The top floor’s old-fashioned hospital ways were too much to pass without a photo or two… with the paint falling off the walls it was as if the building was shedding its skin in an effort to become rejuvenated or useful.