Acme coke plant, Calumet
Historically important and significant industrial part of southern Chicago is in the end. After Acme Steel Co. bankrupted at the beginning of our millennium, the coke production in the city of Calumet was no longer sustainable.
Coke plant itself was founded in 1905, consisted of two batteries after fifty chambers originally was feeding the blast furnaces across the river. Although the batteries lifespan was estimated up to 2015, the last coke was extinguished in 2001 already.
Despite the fact the whole mill was proposed for conversion into an industrial museum within the project Chicago´s Steel Heritage, silent demolition began during unfinished negotiations in 2004 already. Today these ambitious plans are reminded only by handful of reinforced concrete skeletons and fireclay bricks rubble.