Across Britain, once-glorious lidos now lie neglected or abandoned. But all is not lost. As we edge ever-deeper into the 21st century, community groups and local enthusiasts are starting to revive these once-great institutions.
People left the borough, properties were condemned and Centralia is now one of the weirdest abandoned towns and cities in America. Steam and smoke rise from cracks in a now-disused stretch of Pennsylvania’s Route 61 as the mining fire continues to smoulder.
Urban Ghosts is a great site for abandoned stories. This one about Kennecott mines in Alaska is poignant.
The last load of copper ore left Kennecott by train on November 10, 1938. The following day the abandoned mining camp was declared a ghost town, and is now a national historic monument.
Capturing the mood of the abandoned cars in their Belgium hiding place, Raven’s photos reveal what is essentially a graveyard of collectible vehicles that might one day be saved and restored.
An intriguing if not creepy, history lesson on Chicago’s historic underground tunnels. Urban Ghosts has the story and the eerie photos – go learn something!
In 1899, Illinois Telephone and Telegraph laid telephone cables through Chicago by building a network of underground tunnels. A narrow gauge railway was laid to assist with excavating the tunnels and installing the cables but the system was quickly adapted and used as a means for transporting freight between public stations, basements and elevator shafts.
Urban Ghosts is featuring an awesome article on adaptive reuse of war machine structures. There are tons of photos, below are just a few, don’t miss it.
During WWII, Adolf Hitler commanded the construction of several flak towers in Germany and Vienna, Austria. While some were destroyed or disguised as mounds after the Nazi’s defeat, others have been re-purposed as quirky climbing walls and other examples of adaptive reuse.
Step away from the computer for one day and what happens? Urban Ghosts posts an amazing, well thought out and dynamic article on the definition of adaptive reuse.
And all those pretty pictures…
Advances in technology, changes to public transport networks, cultural and economic factors and increasing bureaucracy have all played a part in leaving once important structures redundant. Finding a new use for these otherwise abandoned spaces can boost the appeal of potentially neglected areas and reduce urban sprawl.
Go see tons more of those pretty pictures via A Brief Introduction to Adaptive Reuse | Urban Ghosts |.
All over the world, grand mansions, stately homes and other opulent residences that have fallen into ruin are reminders of an elegant past and the changing nature of the times. Underscoring both a rich history and the transience of existence, the reasons behind their abandonment may range from lost fortunes and changing fashions to war, violence and myriad other factors. Today, the crumbling remnants of these great houses serve as a window in time and offer urban explorers the opportunity to capture the ruins in all their glory. In this article, we’ll travel to 20 of the most impressive abandoned mansions across the world.