The front of the Art Deco hospital, complete with Art Deco gears and Crosses of Loraine!
In the corner of most of the factory floors, freight elevators flanked restrooms to leave more central space for machines and their masters.
General Mills bought Consolidated Elevator’s “D” in 1943 and renamed it “A,” though no additional elevators have followed from that firm to date. Visible on the right is the first annex, built along with the elevator in 1909.
From a distance (here, Union Yards), you can still see ARMOUR spelled out on the smokestack in white brick.
The bottom of the elevator in the new foundry.
The steam-powered hoist that pulled ore and dropped men from the mine. Note the hydraulic-operated brake on top with its massive brake pad. Now scrapped.
I found a historical photo of this room showing 10-foot high machines with wires hanging by the mile from looms and schematic charts.
A circular common room in one of the original parts of the hospital. When the asylum was especially crowded, this would be filled with patient beds, too. It’s very strange that this floor was not tiled like the other common rooms. It makes me wonder if especially dangerous patients were kept in this ward; those who could not be trusted to not extract and sharpen the ceramic tiles. Portra 160.
An abandoned news stand between the concourse and ticket booths. This is one of my favorite pictures from the 2000s.