As we leave the administration building and begin our tour, we enter the main corridor at the girls end. The corridor runs 7/8ths of a mile, yet it seemed to go on into infinity. It is just as impressive today as we remember then.
This corridor had a profound influence on former Village resident and now author, Patricia Lynn Reilly, when she wrote,
"I love the view down the corridor toward infinity! The corridor-scene reaches beyond the actual events to an infinity, a purposefulness beyond what we see, beyond the stories we tell. The windows provide a glimpse of life beyond the confines of the orphanage. Throughout childhood I desperately longed for an open window, a breath of fresh air, a reminder of the world beyond the four-walls of the orphanage."
Looking down the main corridor from the girls end, we see that it has been changed in several ways. Most notably, the blue painted steel beams and lolly columns have been painted white in all but the girls end and the floors have been re tiled differently in different segments of the corridor. The continuous unobstructed view from one end to the other is often blocked when the newly installed fire doors are closed at intervals along the corridor. The old drafty aluminum windows, like all the windows throughout the buildings, have been replaced with a modern thermal-panes. You can see a good shot of them in the photo on the front page of this Website. Space heaters have been placed at the ceiling in many places to provide much needed heat. Many conduits have been run along the ceilings for the new fire alarm system and power to new outside security lighting.
In the stretch passing the girls cottages, the corridor now has railings to aid the elderly of the nursing home.
This was the starting point for that long fast bicycle ride when you thought nobody was looking! One evening, Sr. Frances had me run an errand to the infirmary on her bike and upon returning, I treated myself to the roller coaster ride of my life at high speeds back to the Senior Boy's Cottage. How exhilarating, and I made it without hitting anyone or getting my head cracked open on one of the lolly columns and ending up in the infirmary.
Now we come to the next stop on our tour, the infirmary.