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.
In the grungy control room, I found a little slice that was never graffitied.
I am not sure, but I think this section was a storehouse; it has two ramps that connect the rail yard outside and the blacksmith shop. On all of the historic doors that face that part of the yard, signs caution workers to look out for cars…
One of the early automated painting booths in the paint plant line.
Miners would sit in this room before going into the mine. The boards on the right indicated whether every single miner was “in” or “out”.
The ADM Quality Assurance Labs haven’t changed much, except for that it has become a common home for the homeless.
A look down the 1950s foundry building, moments after sunset.
The entrance to the cafeteria when I first saw it (around 2004) still had coats on the hanger. Now the walls aren’t even white anymore because water has removed all the latex paint.
The giant radiators in this casting shop look like a flag to me.