massachusetts

Fore River Shipyard – 2011 – 2012

By dave | 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…

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Central Steam Power Plant – 2010

By dave | December 31, 2010
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DeSisto School

By dave | 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…

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Polaroid – Trip 1 & 2

By dave | May 28, 2009

POLAROID!! Polaroid, Polaroid, Polaroid! SNOWLAROID? Someone once asked me, accusingly, if I was an explorer or a re-explorer. In other words, did I explore places that other people hadn’t been to (since they were abandoned), or did I just get a bunch of information off the internet and visit places that were well known. Polaroid…

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Central Steam Power Plant – May 2007

By dave | 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…

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Clinton Train Tunnel

By dave | May 12, 2007
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Plymouth Cordage

By dave | March 13, 2007

Plymouth Cordage was founded in 1824 and became one of the largest manufacturers of rope. They manufactured rope for the harpoons of whaling ships, America’s Cup yachts, and cowboy lariats among many, many other uses.

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Paul A. Dever State School

By dave | December 28, 2006

Originally built in 1942 as a military facility and POW detention center, this complex of buildings was converted into a mental health facility. Countless identical buildings, interconnected by tunnels, are now abandoned.

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Cranberry Specialty Hospital

By dave | December 6, 2006

Cranberry Specialty Hospital was opened as a Tuberculosis sanatorium. The unusual architecture (for the North East) was lauded at the time, as were its facilities and state of the art heating system. Shots are on Neoppan 1600. There are also some experiments with in-camera double exposures in this set.

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Medfield State Hospital

By dave | June 1, 2006

Medfield State Hospital is a pleasant cottage style asylum. Its buildings are modern enough to consider productive re-use, so hopefully the place can be saved. It housed an active parole board facility until recently.

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