Baltimore Harbor Abandonment

May 29, 2017

Jackson Sanatorium

April 22, 2017

Regarded as one of the easiest explores around, naturally we were spotted on the way in and ejected by the police.  The officer was very nice to us and called the owner to see if they were willing to let us go.  This is one time where having a massive amount of camera equipment with…

Nisky Hill Cemetery

January 31, 2017

Saint Michael’s Cemetery – Trip 4 & 5

January 23, 2017

C.F. Smith

November 4, 2009

C.F. Smith was a grocery chain in the Detroit area that operated from 1910 into the 1950s. The buildings we explored were clearly a warehouse set up to store items for the chain. As with so many buildings like this, they had clearly seen a number of uses over the years before finally falling in…

Augusta Tissue

June 16, 2009

This tissue paper mill closed down under somewhat shady circumstances after changing owners several times. The mill was even held by the federal government for a time while the courts worked out what to do with some of the contested assets. During this time the mill was well secured and an extremely risky place to…

Bethlehem Steel – Trip 3

March 29, 2009

Metropolitan Building

March 23, 2009

Built in 1924, the Metropolitan was an ornate downtown Detroit office building.

Continental Engine Plant

March 22, 2009

Packard Plant at Night – Trip 2

February 26, 2009

After my first trip to Detroit, it did not take long for me to return and the Packard plant was an inevitable stop on the tour. During my first trip, I had discovered the joy of roaming the plant at night in a small group.  Minimal use of flashlights allowed us to sneak up on…

Lee Plaza

February 6, 2009

Lee Plaza is an impressive art deco apartment building on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. The building ceased housing people in the 90’s and has been torn apart by scrappers since closing. Our trip to Lee was a blast. Tossing my friend Gingerella into a window while conversing with passers by was not typically how…

Boblo Island Detroit Dock

January 21, 2009

Calf Pasture Pumping Station

November 17, 2008

Constructed in 1883 this Romanesque style pumping station is one of the more ornate public works buildings I have come across. The station pumped raw sewage out of Boston neighborhoods and into storage tanks on Moon island, where it was released into the ocean. The pumping station was in operation until the opening of the…

Packard Plant – Trip 1

August 25, 2008

The Packard Plant.  A Detroit legend.  An Albert Khan masterpiece.  The building that all of the news stories featured as emblematic of Detroit’s economic downfall. The Pack was also a legendary exploring destination.  It was a 3.5 million square foot lawless demilitarized zone in the middle of one of Detroit’s less savory neighborhoods.  I remember…

Fisher Body 21

August 7, 2008

The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company

June 16, 2008