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.
Looking from the mill at the old transfer elevator’s steel tanks.
The spiral staircase ends in the basement, where two oil tanks (for the lantern) and a freshwater tank (for the Keeper) were stored. The basement consists of two long arched vaults like this.
The man behind the curtain watches, but doesn’t say anything. Probably the smartest one in the room.
A bunk room, minus the bunks.
Another perfect Indianan sunset alights like a bird on the tops of the vent houses and tree-packed smokestacks.
A steel powder keg serves as a door prop on the static-proof wood core floor. Note the ‘XXX’ marking to the left of the double door.
An experimental shaft dug in the 1950s and its Hoist House.
This is a great example of a combination rock house; the silos below used to fill trains with ore dropped from mine cars pulled to the top of the structure.