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

Auburn, ME Mill

April 24, 2010

This Auburn, Maine mill had been through a couple of different renovations in its time. It had remnants of industrial use, but sections of the building had been renovated into apartments as well. Squatters had definitely been the most recent tenants.

Sweating Bullets State Hospital

April 4, 2010

Unfortunately, this is one of those locations where the best parts of the story will have to remain a mystery. There was nothing particularly difficult about exploring this place but, being a 100% active campus with abandoned wings interspersed with active wings, things were definitely very interesting. I remember that the day we went here…

DeSisto School

February 3, 2010

The DeSisto School was an experiment in alternative education methods for gifted but troubled children. There are many accounts of former residents of the boarding school on the internet, very few of them positive. Reports of abuse and mistreatment culminate in a story of the faculty allegedly delaying treatment for a girl who swallowed a…

Book Tower

December 10, 2009

Brewster Projects

December 8, 2009

These Brush Park housing projects were home to many notable people including Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson. They were also the inspiration for the claymation series “The PJ’s”. I had my reservations about visiting the Brewster projects and the drive through the neighborhood up to them did little to allay my fears.

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…