Fore River Shipyard – 2011 – 2012

December 30, 2018

Fore River Shipyard began operations in 1883. In 1913, it was purchased by Bethlehem Steel. Its final owner, General Dynamics, purchased the yard in 1963 and eventually ceased operations in 1986. Most of the ships the yard worked on were Navy ships. My father actually worked here for a time doing some engineering work, so…

Buffalo State Hospital – July 13, 2013

December 29, 2018

We made a second trip to Buffalo State to do another tour just a couple of months after our first visit to Buffalo State Hospital.

Buffalo State Hospital – May 5, 2013 – Set 2

December 29, 2018

During our first visit to Buffalo State we got very lucky. Naturally, after the tour ended I was asking about getting more time to photograph (which I would be more than happy to pay for), etc. Christine, the absolutely fantastic person in charge of operations at the Richardson Olmsted Complex indicated that I would really…

Buffalo State Hospital – May 5, 2013 – Set 1

December 29, 2018

Construction on the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane began in 1872 with the hospital opening in 1880. The architect was Henry Hobson Richardson who designed many well known buildings, including Trinity Church in Boston and the Thomas Crane Memorial Library on Harvard’s campus. The landscape architect was Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed central park.…

Jackson Sanatorium

July 20, 2009

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…

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…

Central Steam Power Plant – May 2007

May 12, 2009

Central Steam Power Plant in Fitchburg, MA was a great place to explore. It was always a reliable, interesting place to bring explorers visiting from other states or to go when you wanted to take some photos but didn’t want to deal with a big hassle. The entrance was simple but not necessarily obvious if…

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

Eastern Market FIRE – March 2009

March 21, 2009

One thing about visiting Detroit during my run of going there regularly was that there was usually some type of fire while I was there. The Detroit Fire Department had an absolutely impossible job trying to keep the thousands of abandoned buildings from burning. On Devil’s Night (the night before Halloween) it became a tradition…

Fisher Body 21 – March 2009

March 21, 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…