Glowing observation windows–and someone forgot to lock a patient’s door…
The top floor of the Meal Storage Elevator.
Windows provided the 250-some workers with fresh air and light, and helped to keep flour dust from building up in the air, helping to prevent explosions. Today, machines control air flow better without windows, so they were bricked.
The old men’s ward is an example of what the hospital resembled before part of the complex was modernized. Small rooms, light switches outside the door, small observation windows set into heavy wood. If you ask me, though, the tile work across the floors is the most spectacular.
The generator hall of the last power station, as seen from the gantryway.
The fences helped discourage patients from throwing themselves down the stairs.
Chutes connect the bottoms of the silos to a conveyor belt.
Looking out at the abandoned neighborhood around the house.
The iconic outline of a prairie sentinel. Quintessential rural industrial architecture.