Elise and I were able to hit a new place a week or so ago – an old steel warehouse, soon to be public park, with an interesting story behind it.

The building, once owned by a steel company, was donated to the city park department instead of paying a fee for an environmental violation.

Once used to store steel on a large scale, the warehouse is now completely empty apart from a few buildings and electrical equipment.


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The cement is difficult to walk over because it’s in the process of being pulverized for use in a dune rebuilding project.

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Remnants of the work done here remain, but not many. Most of what used to be here has been gutted and cleared for final demolition.
DSC_5304-Edit DSC_5377-Edit DSC_5326-EditThe only real evidence activity comes in sporadic writings on the wall. Some pillars have graffiti, a banner hangs above an administration building, and a calendar hangs from the year the storage facility was closed, with a simple “goodbye” written in permanent marker nearby.

Update: This building, Warehouse 57 in Portage, is now mostly demolished – making way for an expansion to the city’s Lakefront and River Walk. Here’s a photo of the progress I took a few weeks ago: