Packard Plant – Trip 5

June 15, 2020

Several of these pictures were never published on my old site, so I figured I might as well make this a new post that is not back dated to a time close to where the pictures were originally posted. Packard Plant Trip 4 produced some fairly unremarkable night shots before we retired to The Pyramid…

Northville Regional Psychiatric Hospital

April 23, 2020

The COVID crisis has given me some time to make progress on posting all of the pictures and locations from my days of exploring abandoned buildings. Getting all of the material online is something I really want to accomplish, but don’t make enough time to work on. For the most part, I backdate my posts…

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.

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. ┬áMinimal 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

Michigan Central Station –

December 25, 2008

With construction finishing in 1913, this imposing train terminal was designed by one of the early 20th century’s most significant architecture firms, Warren and Wetmore, in partnership with another prominent firm of the time, Reed and Stem. This partnership is also responsible for the design of one of the most significant train terminals in the…

Norwich State Hospital on Film

December 8, 2008

Another set from Nahhhhwich, this one on Fuji Pro 160S. These were shot on one of the Canon A1s I was shooting with to try and lighten the load. These are probably the majority of my favorite shots from here, and I believe this was my last trip.

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…

Eastern Market Detroit – October 2008

October 28, 2008

On my second trip to visit my Detroit friends and explore, the venerable Nailhed brought us to Eastern Market to check out some of the graffiti and abandonments. What I remember most about Eastern Market is that we ate lunch at Amore De Roma before exploring it. On my first Detroit trip I learned that…