Cargill Grain Elevator

February 13, 2018

It was January 2013 and I was taking a week off in between jobs.  I decided to take a solo road trip with no real plan…which is pretty unusual for me.  My career was going well and I was a lot more worried about getting caught exploring than I had been previously.  There were, however,…

Northern California – 2017

February 11, 2017

Nisky Hill Cemetery

January 31, 2017

Saint Michael’s Cemetery – Trip 4 & 5

January 23, 2017

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…

Northampton State Hospital Nurses’ Dorm- Trip 9

August 24, 2008

The nurses’ dorm was the first building you saw when driving past Northampton State Hospital.  Perhaps because it was so out in the open and obvious, I never explored it until years later.  As it turned out, it was a really fantastic building!  The last few shots in the gallery are from the Memorial Complex.

Fisher Body 21

August 7, 2008

The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company

June 16, 2008

Bethlehem Steel – Trip 2

March 28, 2008

Atlantic Ave. Tunnel

March 8, 2008

The Atlantic Ave tunnel was built in 1844 and rediscovered in 1980 by Bob Diamond, pictured here in the orange vest leading one of the tours. According to Bob, the tunnel was the subject of many rumors and urban legends over the years, and pretty much everyone had disregarded it’s existence as a fairy tale.

Bethlehem Steel – Trip 1

February 8, 2008