One of the pair of motors that powered this mine shaft. In the 1950s, this shaft was designated a rescue shaft, and was only maintained for emergencies. One reason that Cheratte built Shaft 3 nearby was because these motors and infrastructure did not have the capacity that the giant mine below called for.
Captured bolts for a pressure cooker on an industrial scale.
The Engine House’s boiler, which would have been fired all day all day, virtually from the day the shop opened until the day it closed.
In a strange loft next to the brewhouse are these twin kettles, which seem much older than the main kettles in the brewhouse.
2015. Water damage hastens the decay of the annex and its stage. Every time I visit this room, the chairs are in different places. Kodak Portra 400 in a Voigtlander Bessa.
Connecting the Administration building’s tower and top floors is this beautiful cast iron staircase. It was probably designed to help service the clock originally planned to be set in the tower, but when the hospital went over budget the state cancelled the timepiece. Now we are left with a gorgeous stair with little or no real purpose–not that I’m complaining. I am a long-admitted spiral staircase fetishist.
Because painted signs would not hold up in this spot–in between four ovens that were literally hot enough to melt steel inside. Solution: Cut the pipe labels into the sheet metal. Seems to have worked.
The gothic landing between balcony and classroom level and the ground floor.
A photo from my first trip, although very little has changed in this area of the building except for the level of graffiti. I love skylights, don’t you?