Sheavy

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  1. The Martin Office Building, also known as the American Life Building, and the Stonewall Building, was built in 1925. it originally housed the Birmingham City Commission as well as various other firms and tenants. Sometime in the sixties The American Life Insurance Company moved their headquarters into the building and it came to be known as the American Life Building. ALI later acquired the Stonewall Insurance Company, which occupied the building until around 1979. The building gradually started being vacated until it's only function was as a document storage building until 2000. It has been essentially vacant since then. There have been numerous proposals and plans to renovate the building, all of which have fallen through. The farthest any proposal got was in 2008 when work got started to turn the building into some apartments. The work had gotten as far as complete asbestos removal, about 90% of the building being gutted, and the top floor almost being completely renovated into the new apartments when the 08-09 economic collapse completely stopped the project in it's tracks. it has since sat empty, with only a few vague proposals that went nowhere. I do wish I would've been able to see this building prior to the 2008 renovation work, as the old architecture and interiors are still very photogenic even being almost entirely barren. There's also a significant amount of squats in the building, we didn't run into any sqautters while we were roaming around however. We did run into a group of obnoxiously loud 15-16 year olds who we heard coming into the building while we were on the sixth or seventh floor. We decided to spook them in the staircase as they made their way up. 1. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 2. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 3. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 4. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 5. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 6. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 7. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 8. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 9. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 10. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 11. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 12. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 13. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 14. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 15. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Thanks for looking! more pics here https://www.flickr.com/photos/137551524@N06/albums/72157664452679664/with/25954177700/
  2. That definitely is an extremely American looking building. I never would have guessed that was to be a sanitarium at one point had I driven by it. It looks like what it seems to be used for now though, an old rural farmhouse with a few odd design choices and more windows than normal. I really like the shots with the bright wallpaper and fine drink though, thanks for sharing.
  3. Bulgaria

    This is one of those places I never get tired of seeing pics from. I'm glad you decided to climb up the tower, I rarely see pics from the top anymore, fantastic job.
  4. UK

    Oh shit, found me out you have, hhmmm
  5. That's damn impressive. Love all the old tech, thanks for sharing this one.
  6. USA

    Thanks guys, glad you all enjoyed it
  7. It's been a little bit since I've posted anything but that doesn't mean I've been slacking on exploring. The last week of December and early January me and my exploring pal decided it was a good time to get down and dirty scouting, researching, and exploring places here around Birmingham, since he had a few weeks off from college classes. Despite a recent revival in the downtown area of Birmingham, it's still a town filled with lots of blight, and is consistently mentioned as one of the more dangerous big city in the country. A blight filled town is great from an exploring standpoint, not great from any other standpoint. But on with the pics. I unfortunately haven't been able to find much of any information about this little church tucked away in the ghetto. About all I know is that it's an old Methodist church. It's very nice and impressive from the outside, but unfortunately the inside has been victim to some terribly cheap renovations. The good shepherd stained glass window is still very impressive however. 1. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 2. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 3. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 4. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 5. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 6. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 7. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 8. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 9. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 10. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 11. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 12. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 13. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Thanks for looking More pics here https://www.flickr.com/photos/137551524@N06/albums/72157677093111320/with/31843941052/
  8. I'm located over in Birmingham Al. There's plenty of people in the Atlanta area that explore, I've explored places around Georgia with a number of guys over there. https://www.flickr.com/groups/599735@N21/ might be a good place to find someone to meet up with.
  9. UK

    Looks like a lovely little place. That blue ceiling is rather nice, and I love all the moss growing on the outside. Also that ladder, I've never seen anything like that!
  10. Wild indeed, I don't usually go in for sewers and tunnels and the like but this one is pretty nice. Love the coverage of events as well.
  11. Italy

    Superb! Love that ceiling
  12. I agree with hamtagger, these are some great pictures. Lovely murals
  13. Sad to see places get demolished or burnt, thanks for sharing these though! Those dead birds must have been wild to walk in on.
  14. Other

    Wow, excellent work!
  15. Germany

    Lovely shots, spot on!
  16. Italy

    Now that is a fuckin staircase!
  17. Italy

    That's downright awesome! Nicely captured!
  18. Germany

    Agreed, those are some strange looking stacks. Cool location though, even if it is a shell.
  19. Germany

    Superb! Looks like a nice little gem
  20. Some nice machinery there. Thanks for sharing
  21. Looks like the architecture certainly makes up for the lack of relics, something which often can't be said of newer structures.... But you captured this well! Fantastic set
  22. Unfortunately I have no historical information to share with everyone about this former school, all the information I can find trawling through the internet about this place all deals with photos of it while it's been abandoned, and no information on it. This was one of those places that me and a friend happened upon during a weekend exploration trip to another part of the country, on the way to our hotel for the night. Of course seeing this off the side of the road we had to stop and take a closer look, and I'm glad we did! Despite being stripped bare, and some few spots of graffiti here and there, the art-deco style and concrete skeleton still holds a lots of character, something which sadly lacks in many buildings built now-a-days, and the October sun provided some excellent lighting. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Thanks for looking! A few more pics can be seen here https://www.flickr.com/photos/137551524@N06/albums/72157675525426646
  23. Hello from Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Probably the first person to join these forums from this part of the world , I look forward to sharing some places with you guys that you weren't aware existed as well as seeing some of the completely epic and awesome places you guys have over the pond. A little sampling of some of the work I've been doing this past year, mainly Alabama and Georgia. Abandoned mental institution. Was originally built as a fort by the Spanish before Alabama even became a state! Was then used as a munitions depot in 1828, followed by a prison, before being turned into a mental institution in 1900. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Six story bank building built in 1920, has seen various uses throughout the years, those being a multi-tenant office building, apartments, civic meeting space, radio broadcasting, and the ground floor being used separately as a restaurant and finally as a jewelry store before shutting down. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Abandoned coal fired power plant built sometime in the 50's or earlier. It served as a power source for a nearby munitions factory (demolished), this little gem remains though. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Old textile built in 1986, unfortunately fell victim to partial demolition, though demolition was eventually stopped. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Abandoned mansion out in the absolute middle of nowhere farmland. The owners are currently in the midst of divorce battles, meanwhile this place sits totally empty deteriorating away. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr A few more bits before I go totally overboard here. Community Center built in the 1930's. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Abandoned plantation style home from the mid 1800's. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr 12 story office building built in 1925, situated in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Untitled by Alex, on Flickr Thanks for looking!

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