A street side exposure of the original 1914 section of the orphanage. Turned into black and white to deemphasize all the graffiti across the front steps.
A truck loading dock for raw materials. Looking at the concrete, you can sort of tell where the rails used to run.
Kat’s pretty cool.
The first floor hallway between conference rooms and the diesel lab at the center of the facility
This ornamental stair is cast iron and used to connect all floors of the Administration building. Now it connects the first and second floor, then the third and fourth floors, with a strange cinder block and drywall barrier separating the new and old sections of the building. Note the insulation on the floor to seal heat into the lower floors that were used as offices until the hospital closed. On the corners of the staircase are lions, on the corners of the suspended section of stair are down-hanging pineapples. Set in the stairs themselves are shield motifs with slate tops.
Pillars painted red indicated firefighting supplies. Fire was a very common enemy of early rail facilities, and many roundhouses burned down because of a combination of dry wood, hot, fire-breathing machinery and countless oil-saturated surfaces.
This bedroom built for a tuberculosis patient has been converted into a safe room.
Ask your dentist about brushing your teeth with asbestos!
Arson seems to be a big problem on the former sanatorium property.