Old Roundhouse, East St. Louis

Update: A portion of the roof on the right side of the roundhouse collapsed less than a year later. The roundhouse was demolished at some point after these photos were taken but before January of 2020. This post is largely a reprise of this post from a few months before, but with additional photos.

Nestled between the interstate and some railroad tracks, an old locomotive roundhouse sits in splendid isolation, hidden from the highway and the rest of East St. Louis.

The interior is incredible, though rapidly deteriorating; I see the day when the roof completely collapses.

I don’t see this spot being cleared anytime soon; it is so isolated that it will probably remain here in some form for another one hundred years.

What is cool is seeing everyday objects sitting around in the last place they were put decades ago.

Also are visible are the names on office doors; the last occupants left the signs there when they left for the last time.

Updated in March of 2019 with some images from the vault:

2 Comments Add yours

  1. swimmerbob says:

    torn down a long time ago. the original poster didn’t mention these were old photos. satellite pic shows just concrete slabs…. razed before photo dated 1988.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      You must be thinking of another roundhouse. The one I photographed in 2008 and 2009 is still standing, according to updated 2019 satellite images: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6325483,-90.1526045,180a,35y,39.44t/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

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