Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Locked Up.

This beast was constructed in 1906 when it replaced the older building that was originally built in 1853. Old creepy history here. I did some shooting here in 2001 but haven't maneged to return until recently. Very large, old, cold in the summer, dark, almost zero graffiti. The counties last execution took place here. You can see the trap door that let the unfortunate victim drop to die and dangle. The prison stopped serving it's purpose in 1979, sitting silently waiting...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

First Capital Paper.

Weird paper testing supplies, hand written minutes and notes from the 50's, fork lifts sitting idle, an enormous complex that spanned more than two city blocks... We were in and out of several of these buildings throughout this year. This building however was not accessed for us until now. The current owners of the property are keeping tabs on her and tend to the breaches pretty fast. The overall structural integrity of this place was a ten out of ten. Outstanding condition...not something I'm used to walking through.

Tom B wandering into the darkness.

It's a bit unsettling to see this stuff when rounding dark corners in an environment were homeless and creepy lurkers are prevalent. I later found out that these were most likely used in an appropriate factory setting for routine maintenance of slag. Still, unsettling at the time...

Towards the end of the voyage. Climbing all these stairs only to end up at a dead bolted door that accessed the roof.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Crab Hill.

I was mentally hungover from already shooting a wedding and the Girl's School this weekend, when we arrived here early Sunday morning. Well...hungover from tons of booze too. Either way, we had a long day ahead of us. This 101 year old state school for the mentally and physically disabled property was vast, covering 1,400 acres. Created to house 3,500 patients at a time, it was one of the largest institutions of its kind in Pennsylvania.
It was hot, Tom was bloodied, we hiked more than three miles, conquered perimeter fencing, watched security patrol the buildings we were in and finally made our way to the second stop for the day across the river.