Eric Nordstrom of Urban Remains has been exploring Chicago’s Congress Theater, which was built in 1926 and is currently under renovation. Earlier this year, Nordstrom, whose business reclaims objects from old buildings, started working his way through the old theater, finding newspapers, pipes, tools, and blueprints left there since the 1920s.
These objects had collected in air circulation chambers, called plenums, beneath the theater’s balcony. They should have been cleaned; instead they became “a time capsule containing decades worth of refuse,” as Nordstrom told DNAInfo.
He spent 8 hours in the the theater; elsewhere he found more blueprints, as well as hip flasks and old cigarette packs. “There’s so much to share,” he wrote on Facebook.