Known fondly to explorers as “Pig Nut” after a bit of graffiti in its annex (“This is the Pig’s Nuts!”).
This elevator, like many others, was built in sections. The concrete bins were poured in 1926 and connected to the massive ADM-Delmar #3, now demolished. The cleaning house (tower) followed in 1938. A grain dryer was added in 1948—this is the purpose of the steel venting seen on the west side of the building.
In 2011 the elevator’s iconic (and treacherous) skyway was removed, separating the workhouse from the elevator annex. Other than the skyway, notable features included a thriving homeless community in the ground-level conveyer house, now demolished, and open-top silos in the 1926 section.
Part of the grain drier system in ADM #1 crawls up the side of the building like a steel vine.
One of my favorite photos of the ADM-Delmar #1 skyway, when it stood. Taken at sunset, with the reflection of the overcast sky in the remaining windows.
The city has taken steps to prevent the curious and the desperate from going into the elevators, including piling rocks against the doors and windows.
A tower above Minneapolis that few people see.
Sunrise in SEMI. The shadow of Kurth Malt is cast across ADM-Delmar #1. Clouds behind ADM-Delmar #4 light up. It’s cold and the air smells like train grease.
One of the last times I saw the skyway standing. ADM’s Meal Elevator is in the distance.
ADM-Delmar #1- Maintainance Department. The stainless steel bits are part of the grain dryer added in the 1940s. The workhouse itself (the larger tower) was a dedicated Cleaning House, meaning that grain passed through both these buildings to be rid of dust, dirt and extra moisture before storage. In the foreground is the old ADM locker room and pipe department.
An elevator is reflected in the flooded footprint of Spencer & Kellogg. These trains are in storage for the winter.
Panorama from where the skyway connected the cleaning house and elevator. ADM Meal Storage is to the right, ADM-4 is to the extreme right, and Kurth is on the left.
Looking at ADM-1 from beside ADM-4, back when ADM-4 had a train shed and ADM-1 had a skyway. In the thick woods beneath the skyway was a long time homeless camp… most of its residents were very friendly.
The skyway in the bottom of the picture is now gone.
One of my favorite signs, informing workers about to descend into the open-top grain bins about basic procedures. This was in ADM-Annex 1 (connected to the cleaning house via skyway), so it will never be seen again, unless the sign lands luckily when the elevator is demolished.
The bottom of the grain drier inside ADM-Delmar #1.
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