Erected sometime in the 30s this building only operated for about 45 years before being abandoned in the 70s. The building is in a beautiful state of decay at this point where nature is starting to take over (my favorite!). It was built as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal following the Depression.
One of the most fascinating bits of the buildings construction is the floor which consists of thousands and thousands of individual wooden blocks. The wooden blocks were said to be better to walk on than hard floor. Wood block flooring is an interesting design choice given that the style had been a contributing factor in events past such as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That incident resulted in over three square miles of the city’s business district destroyed. Back then (the 1870s not the 1930s when this building was built) even the streets and sidewalks were wooden block, contributing to the spread of the fire.