An article from Minnpost describes this design as “marital”, and I could not agree more.
One of my favorite shots from that year, conveyor line parts stacked and hung with Postal Service bins from decades ago.
This building stood on stilts until it was demolished. The top floor handled radio traffic to boats and trains. The bottom floor had locker rooms, records, and a lunchroom.
Where workers’ pay would be doled out and collected.
Looking up to the second floor of the Nitrating House, where cotton would be soaked in nitric acid. These brought cotton into the building.
It seemed the only way to get a view of the room was to climb above the mounds of rotting donations, now not even fit to burn.
The end of Dock 5 is warped and bent from a rail accident that left some ore cars swinging like a stringy wrecking ball into the end of the superstructure and accompanying stair. The stairs are still navigable, but it wasn’t recommended by the CN workers that were with me.
On the second floor of the kettle building where corn mash was boiled, holes where tanks once sat were everywhere.