Peeling Stair II 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. Similar Images ...based on the tags: glass-block, staircases, windows, yellow... When you’re incoming’s piling up with paint chips, what’s one to do? Call in a sick? In this ghost town where there were brick, wooden, and dirt-brick buildings, the latter fared the best by far. The control room floats above the top of the dock atop a spiral staircase. A walk-up service window on the side of an administration building of some sort. I have a feeling the buildings were color coded. The classic Solvay shot. Everyone has it. Much of the circa-1950s buildings remain with few alterations, such as these long boring sheet metal ruststicks. The clock, which was sold after Amtrak dumped the building, was returned to the Waiting Room in 2005. We people are so small. A staircase threads between the top floor and the sluices, which are in the middle of the dredge-mill.