Little has changed inside the mill, but since it was built in 1916, many tanks and ancillary buildings have popped up around it.
The stock house tanks were long scrapped for their steel, but what remains gives a sense of what it looked like.
This building cleaned the barrels that transported ingredients through the plant.
To run new gutters through the building, some of the plaster walls of the Chateau had to be smashed through.
Thanks to the demolition (I’ll never say that again), the inner structure of the bins are revealed. So much wood!
For the Batman movie, fire was blown out of the windows of the factory to make it appear it was exploding. To add to the effect, on actual Brach’s building was imploded.
I was squatting overnight in one of the buildings and woke up with the sunrise. This is what I woke up to.
Now, to add a human scale.
Before developers saw to cut and cut the flour mills inside Pillsbury, they stood at the ready beside various purposeful chutes the traversed the floors of between sorters. These machines were belt-driven by the power of Pillsbury’s Mississippi headraces and turbines, the force of which notoriously shook the building’s foundations themselves. The wheels would change the grade of the flour, or the size of the dust produced from crushing the kernels.