On the scale of the big machine shop, the huge piles of clothing look insignificant.
Note the rails in the floor that guided cars to the coating line, the side of which is lined with the windows in the center of the image.
Shadows of the skylights form a backdrop for rust-welded machines.
It’s not hard to see how Germany could turn these into a prison overnight.
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.
In the basement were all the valves to control the flow of municipal steam through the building. This hasty hand letting was beside one such valve, near a carved brick with a name and ‘1934’ under it.
Thunder Bay Elevator, now stands without a headhouse. Around the silos, a few shacks still stand.
I wonder when fluorescent lighting was added.
The control room was used through the mid-1990s as the plant was used to stabilize the power grid.