One thing I like to do at Gopher is imagine the shape of the planned buildings based on the partial structures.
This is one of the biggest warps I’ve ever found in a wooden factory floor hasn’t broken yet. When you stand on it, it make a very loud popping sound as the boards shift. The poster on the pillar near the left side of the frame advertises recreational boating, presumably to the factory workers who left this floor in the early 1980s.
A caustic tank in one of the unremodeled brewhouse backrooms.
The office was redder than the rest of the building.
The scale of the grain hoppers helps tell the story of how large Hamm’s was in its day.
When it became “Hyde Park Hospital”, this portico was added onto the front.
The small door leads to the offices, the large door leads to the shop. My back at this time is to the corrugated steel wall. At the time I wondered why there was just one steel wall, not knowing that 40 years before there was another spot for an engine here. This section of the roundhouse has become a sort of town dump–car seats, cans of paint and tires are piled into its corners.
The top floor of the condemned Russell Miller mill “B”, which would have housed sets of powerful electric motors to power the plant’s dust collectors and grain purifiers.
At the top of the elevator was a distribution room to direct the grain onto conveyor belts below.