"LPS 1921": An Abandoned Building at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
What appears to be some kind of stone building from early in the 20th century, today is nothing more than a creepy and haunting part of an otherwise leisurely walk along the Waterfall Glen Trail near Lemont, IL. I first encountered this structure walking with friends in 2012, at the same time that I discovered the abandoned tracks that led into Argonne National Laboratory, which began a few hundred feet east of here along the trail. My initial thought that those two finds may be connected yielded no fruit at all, which led me to the obvious question:
|It almost resembles a mausoleum with an open-air roof, although my guess is that it once had a roof that has been lost to time.|
|Unlike many dilapidated places, this one is easily accessible to the trail...which can partially explain why some of it is covered with graffiti, especially on the interior.|
More interesting, however, is its impact to Chicago history, as the plants and trees grown in this area were used to create Lincoln Park, which was built following Lincoln's assassination, and sat on land that was once the Chicago City Cemetery.
|A closeup of the structure. You can see the work of vandals inside. (FRRandP, 2019)|
|"Transplanted History", showing the history of why this structure exists in the first place.|
So what does this building look like on the inside? Well, it's left side wall has largely caved in and returned to nature, and the single room structure has, to put it mildly, seen better days.
|Cave in on the left. FRRandP photo, 2021.|
|Returning to nature, after having been a place to grow plants. At least its usage has been consistent in its afterlife phase.|