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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
  2. USA

    This location may have been abandoned by the company, but it has been adopted by many others. Ranging from urbex, to looky-lous, to paintball/airsoft players, to band photos, to first responder training. It opened up to high level employees or the Rail Road who spoke English as their first language. This only last roughly 13 years before it was abandoned. We chose an incredibly muddy day to head back here and the Jeep got stuck. IT really only made the day better.
  3. 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
  4. A deadly explosion in 1997 finally shut down the GOEX Black Powder complex. 20 years later I go back for a look around to see what remains of this massive complex. Open from 1912-1997 there have been many deaths here over the years. The most resent would be in 1991, killing 3 men and 1997 killing 2 men. Not much remains after 20 years of being left to sit.
  5. USA

    This was my first exploration video. I shot it in early November. It took me months to find out what the building actually was. There was nothing on line, I could find no public records of it. Finally a local FaceBook page led me to some answers, and a video walk through of the building someone had done years earlier giving the history of the building. A link to that video can be found in the description of my video. I also recently found out that the whole back area of the building was a DIY skatepark at one time. all the ramps have sense been removed/destroyed. I also went back a couple weeks later and did some drone shots. This was the first test of my drone after it tried to run away from home. The drone flew under my control the whole flight, but was still a little shaky. It has sense been fixed.
  6. USA

    My friend and I explore some old mining remains. This was the Hillman Fan Complex, that was part of the Dorrance Colliery. The main fan house holds the remains of the only known surviving Guibal fan. This fan was used to force fresh air back into the mine, while the two smaller fans pulled out air containing dangerous gases. This complex was build in 1883/84 and was in operation until 1935. Several of the mining tunnels ran underneath the Susquehanan river, that was only about 100 yards from the complex. The river breached one of the tunnes flooding the sections of the mine down stream from the main Colliery, which was about 1/4 mile up river. Ultimately the mining operation shut down in 1959 following the Knox Mining Disaster that took place near Pittston PA.
  7. 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
  8. Well I'm going to start off and say I'm new here and that I hope I'm doing this right haha, but Fairview training center was an insane asylum for children all the way up to adults. The asylum opened in the early early 1900s and finally closed in the early 2000s, 2002 I believe ultimately because there were just too many people there and then Patient abuse. The property originally had around I wanna say 22 buildings, but that's counting from the time it closed and they're slowly starting to take the buildings down. Only about 9-10 buildings remain plus the tunnels. after all this I was atcually gonna put pictures but I'm not sure how to do that, if someone could reply and help me with that lol that would be great.
  9. Built in 1920 the six story (seven counting the basement) First National Bank Building in Andalusia is the tallest structure of it's kind for nearly a good 70-80 miles in each direction! The view from the roof of this place is simply incredible, the surrounding land is very flat, so you can see for what seems millions of miles in every direction. It's really a breathtaking view. The building itself started life as a bank (obviously), with a number of different banks occupying the building until 1958, when the Commercial Bank outgrew the First National Bank Building and moved to a new location. An insurance agency bought the building and rented out space to various businesses until it eventually fell vacant in 1972. The building sat vacant for a number of years until 1981 when the ground floor was renovated into a restaurant. At some point the restaurant closed, and the building was converted into cheap apartments. This venture also eventually fell through, and a jewelry store moved into the ground level, leaving the other levels vacant yet again. This store didn't last long before shutting down leaving the building in yet another state of vacancy and dereliction, a state which it still stands in today. This was explored with permission from the real estate agent, and totally worth it. A small bank vault, creepy basement, awesome rooftop view, very cool sixth story suites, Egyptian marble in the ground floor jewelry store lobby, old iron staircases, and a old school elevator. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Thanks for looking! More pictures can be seen here
  10. Compiled from two visits in October and November of this year, with a bunch of non Oblivion State peeps. History and historical pictures taken from various sites. Skinny Street was opened in 1957 as a high school, with it's first class graduating in 1961. In 1961 the Alabama Air National Guard donated a U. S. Air Force F-86D "Sabre" fighter jet, a relic of the Korean war, to the school. The jet was painted in the school colors of Blue and Red, and placed on the roof of the school. (Not my photo) In the 1971-72 and 1972-73 years the Football team won back to back state championships, gaining national recognition, and appearing on the cover of National Geographic. Sometime in the 1980's the school was changed from a high school to a middle school. With a declining student base, in October of 2006 the Birmingham Board of Education heard a proposal to close the school and transfer students to a newer facility, the students were transferred January 2007. In the fall of 2007 the state turned the jet over to the Southern Museum Of Flight, where it was restored to it's former military colors and put on display. Since then the Skinny High School has been the subject of various proposals and plans, none of which has materialized. For many years since it's closing, volunteers from the surrounding neighborhoods would get together to clean at the Skinny High School, we however didn't run into anyone the two Saturday afternoons we were here. Gif featuring Skinny High School alumni. Aerial photo taken in the 1960's. And on to what it looks like now. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Oh, and some random guy decided to show up and ride his dirt bike around the property and make as much fucking noise as possible before getting off and heading inside some of the buildings. My friend took a little video of him from the roof parking and getting off his bike, I'll try and post that if he sends it to me. 10. Thanks for looking! More pics here
  11. The Thomas Jefferson Hotel was a 19 story luxury hotel constructed in 1926, and finished in 1929. The hotel boasted 350 rooms, a ballroom, a dining room, space for retail businesses on the ground floor, a billiard room, a barber shop, and on the roof a docking mast for zeppelins, which happens to be the last zeppelin mooring in the world. Notable guests to the hotel include Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman, Ray Charles, and two U.S. presidents, Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge. It was also possible to get your alcohol fix here during the era of prohibition. In 1972, the hotel was renamed the Cabana Hotel, amidst an ailing economy and ongoing construction in the downtown areas, many old buildings from the 20's to 30's were struggling financially, and the Cabana was no different. Sometime in the late 70's it was turned into 200 dollar a month apartments, and by 1983, city health officials shut down the apartments for various infractions. Though there was many proposals to buy the structure since it shut down in 1983, it has sat vacant until early 2015, when a deal was finally negotiated with TJTower LLC, who is currently renovating the building into a 100 room apartment building, along with a ground floor restaurant, retail space, and event space. Explored with permission. Thanks for looking :). More pictures here
  12. Explored way back in January of this year. The Centurion Psychiatric Hospital was opened in 1902, as a care facility for patients with severe mental illnesses. In total there are about 20 or so buildings making up the sprawling property, while many of the buildings are newer brick structures, dating anywhere from the 10's to the 70's, some of the buildings here date back all the way to 1828, when the property was used as a arsenal by the US army. After the civil war ended it was turned into a barracks and a prison, where it held captured Apache Indians, including the famous Indian Geronimo. Between avoiding the security which regularly drives around the property, and many buildings still locked up fairly tight, we were only able to get into 4 of the buildings. These buildings though are by far and away some of the coolest we've ever had the chance to explore. The kind of place you dream about. Full album here Thanks for looking!
  13. Sorry that my first post is posting my video, but i had no idea this forum existed and would love to hear opinions! 1 year ago in the Red Sea me and my friend Jordy were trying to jump of a bridge structure but we had to check the water first. Turns out there was a whole building underwater :O we dove around it to explore a bit. it looked abandoned so we decided to climb in and take a look inside.. - the video is what we experienced and i hope you dont mind the crap music youtube made me put on it(i suggest watching the video on mute with your fav tunes in the background.. please comment ill answer any questions.
  14. I'm back from another one of my jaunts across the Atlantic, in fact I'm so soon back I still haven't recovered from the epic that was the last day coupled with jumping straight onto a six and a half hour flight smelling like something dragged out of hell itself, with no sleep in the last 30 hour period. The first location I happened to find myself in was a fairly small one but it was very close to where I was staying with my explorer friend and he'd never explored it - in fact none of my friends up where this is had. So it was a bit of a journey into the unknown for both of us. Once in it was clear there was more to the site than my friend had first thought so we set about exploring the rusting hulks of two coal conveyor buildings and the old conveyor line. Sadly the main draw for this location, the crane that would have taken the coal from barges and lifted it onto the conveyor system has had a large fence put around it with pressure pad/movement alarm sensors rigged up, probably to stop people climbing up and jumping into the river, and also probably to help protect the very active building situated right next to it. So that was a shame in a way but still it made for a nice shot or two behind the fence. Anyway enough jabbering from me, here are some photos. Thanks for looking, more photos on my Flickr as per normal.
  15. Anyone who has known me knows I have a love of abandoned schools, and especially big American ones which are completely different to the ones found over here. I was given the opportunity to visit one recently and jumped at the chance although having not heard of the place before or seen any photos I didn't know what to expect. This was typical of a small town high school, not massive by any means but certainly a grand place in it's day. It closed some time in the 1980s and has been sat slowly decaying ever since. The outside is home to many stray cats, which the local residents look after. They have provided the cats with a few carriers as shelter and put out food for them outside the exterior fence which is really nice of them. But the inside is where it gets funky...the sports hall has become a home to hundreds of pigeons, who all run around in the void between the suspended ceiling tiles and original ceiling. I've never seen or heard anything like it in my life! Thanks for looking
  16. You know when you get that urge to do something impulsive and outlandish? Yeah that happened to me during my time in America. I'm not usually one for solo jaunts, least of all in a city I am still largely a stranger to, least of all when it also involves going some way into a pretty rough neighbourhood also. But needs must, and all that. To give a brief history, it was originally a row of three large townhouses, before being purchased by a secret society who constructed a large auditorium and ballroom on the rear of the property, before it passed into the hands of a boxing promotion who used the auditorium for many years as their arena. I'd seen a few photos of this place come up from a friend just before I left on my trip so he gave me all the details I'd need, and stepping foot inside it was one of those rare 'jaw on floor' moments that I was finally seeing it for myself, stood in one of the most iconic places in American sporting history. It's utterly unique, incredibly beautiful, and a massive shame that it has been left abandoned, taken charge of by a development company with a string of failures to their name. Sadly the most likely outcome of this place will be demolition of all but the historic frontage and construction of a hotel on the land. I didn't have long in here as it was getting dark and didn't want to outstay my welcome, but it's a massive tick in the accomplishments box for me. Thanks for looking
  17. Having had my fill of industrial goodness on day one it was time to move on to something completely different on day two... State Schools are a very American thing, kind of halfway between a school and an asylum and, as the name suggests, owned and run by the State they are located in. They catered for people (both adults and children) with developmental disabilities in a specialised residential environment, enabling them to receive an education as well as skills training alongside treatment for their disorders. More than a few - mostly the older ones - were mired in all sorts of controversy and accusations of poor care and abuse of patients/students and more often than not those accusations were well founded. This was a comparatively modern facility having been built in the 1960s, and was a children-only complex. It closed only a few years ago and both of my friends who live not more than ten minutes away from here had both thought it impossible, with there still a very active hospital building on site and the security apparently keeping things very well secured. However a little perseverence on their parts paid off and they managed to get into the recreation building and one of the school buildings. Likewise for our visit, the recreation building was accessed and then we got into a different school building, before finding all the interlinking corridors that connected each wing locked up securely, and no other access points. Drat. The recreation building more than made up for that though, as it seems to be where all the good stuff is. Thanks for looking, more on my Flickr as per normal
  18. USA

    Getting into the tail end of my last Stateside trip now - and by rights it wouldn't be one of my adventures if I didn't get to explore at least one church. In a country rapdily losing it's faith there are a massive amount of shuttered churches for the taking of all architectural styles and sizes, some small and some, like this one, massive. After striking out at numerous other churches and driving through some of the most dangerous and deprived neighbourhoods I've ever seen (places where you lock your car doors and close your windows and barely stop at stop signs...) we found one that was accessible. Great, we thought, although it did happen to be in a particularly rough area of the city which meant this was going to be one speedy explore. There is a large derelict school and rectory attached to the church also which we were convinced people were living in so we restricted ourselves to the main church and ran around grabbing a few photos. After twenty minutes or so we both decided we'd had enough and wanted to get out, both for our own safety and to make sure our car was still there or hadn't been broken into! It's a real shame it's in such a bad neighbourhood because the church itself is absolutely stunning and has minimal vandalism. It closed twice, once in the early 90s before being refitted and taken over by another religious organisation who operated from it until a few years back. One of the things people say when they see the place is how it looks almost artificial, the original stained glass was removed after closure and when the church was refitted and reopened they had painted windows instead of proper stained glass which lends it a weird effect inside. If I was with a bigger group of people I would have spent a lot longer in here for sure, safety in numbers and all that. But with just the two of us in a bad neighbourhood it was decided discretion was the better part of valour and we headed off quickly. Thanks for looking
  19. The penultimate stop on my last adventure and what better way to end than with a couple more big industrial behemoths. This is one of four abandoned power stations in this particular city, but sadly the only one currently accessible. Two are completely sealed and the other one, which sits at #1 on my want list, has recently had a fearsome fence put around it blocking off all conceivable access for the time being. However this was a worthy explore anyway. I've forgotten how many times I've seen photos of the empty turbine hall and I'll be honest I thought that was all there was left to see inside, and oh how wrong I was. It just proves that a lot of explorers are lazy nowadays and don't venture further than the big open space, because there was all manner of good stuff tucked away in the huge building including a first for me - an indoor basketball court inside a power station. We also found the attached building at the front open which housed offices, switch rooms, power supplies and also the very large control room which I was reliably informed is rarely if ever accessible, as the city power company still use the grounds of the site and tend to keep things locked up. The roof was also spectacular, with commanding views of the city skyline. This doorway would have provided access into the control room from the turbine hall, but it has been bricked up for years. To the roof... Thanks for looking
  20. USA

    This ominous building once served as the power plant for the Central State Mental Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  21. The final stop on my most recent American adventure, and an absolute beast. This is in the top five, maybe three, biggest locations I have ever explored. It's probably the second largest industrial abandonment in America, after the Packard Plant in Detroit. Over two million square feet of factory space spread over five enormous buildings linked by sky bridges, falling apart and decaying since the closure of the entire factory in 2002. My friends who live in the city tell me tales of what it was like in the old days when it was full of machinery, but then the scrappers and pikeys found it and practically cleared everything that hadn't been taken when it closed out. This is a shame and, to be honest, this was originally not on our radar at all until the previous day when, during our string of fails at various churches we realised we were very close, having spotted the faded logo of the plant on the side of a building nearby. I knew how big the place was having found it on Google Maps some time previously but my friend had no idea just how enormous the place was, he was open-mouthed as we drove around the outside, and we both noted the incredibly easy way in. After having a string of fails at various schools this time, we both decided to head here as we knew it was a certainty on getting in. I wasn't expecting much from the inside, and thought we may spend an hour or so there before we got bored, but after half an hour or so we were fully engrossed in one huge explore and enjoying it immensely. After a few hours we had worked our way to the top of the building at the back of the plant, furthest away from where we'd entered, and looking out across the buildings was amazing seeing just how huge this place was. We even worked out how to get down into the boiler house utilising, you guessed it, another sky bridge taking us over the active car park of one of the few buildings that had found a subsequent use. All in all, an absolutely brilliant way to spend my final day. I think we saw maybe two-thirds of the place overall, so by no means did we do it all. I'm already planning my next trip, which will hopefully be my biggest and longest one yet. Every building in the photo below is part of the same plant, we entered way over the front side of the tall one in the background. Thanks for looking and I hope you've enjoyed my latest batch of American wanderings as much as I enjoyed being out there.
  22. Like at home in the UK, and on the continent, there are certain locations in the USA which are true longstanding icons of urban exploration. Places that are instantly recognisable to everyone connected with the hobby, to remarks such as 'oh it's THAT place' etc etc. One of these such places is a former tuberculosis sanatorium nestled deep in a very rural part of the country. I can remember looking at photos of the place years back, long before I had any real interest or drive in American exploring and thinking it looked awesome. Never did I really think I would be able to explore it myself years down the line. However most people who have explored this place will automatically say one thing - that it's an absolute bitch to do without getting the police called on you. It's located on top of a hill in a tiny town, and the residents are so finely tuned to look out for strangers holding camera gear as they walk through the streets towards it that they have been known to call police there and then. A few years back my friends got stormed by armed police and arrested, and arrests were commonplace here until a couple of years back. Now as the buildings are too decayed and dangerous for them to enter the police will just sit outside and issue you a heavy fine for your trouble. But hey, that's better than getting arrested. Luckily, none of that happened on my visit! The absolute best thing about this place is that it is built sunk into a hill, so when you are in the site there is almost zero outside noise, the road that runs past is pretty quiet at the best of times but it's almost creepy just how dead silent it is in there. Our only company all day came in the form of a number of vultures circling overhead. The state of decay in here having been closed for two decades is amazing, and very photogenic. The outside architecture of the place is equally stunning and all beginning to fall apart as well, with balconies crumbling and roofs collapsing. I really enjoyed it here as you can probably tell. Thanks for looking - lots more photos on my Flickr as ever
  23. This was the final location visited during an awesome day of exploring heavy industry, and what a place. The steelworks here was once one of the largest in the world, employing around 20,000 workers in it's prime. It's closure in 1982 arguably kickstarted the declining fortunes of the local area, and the city was desperately close to becoming a smaller Detroit but it has recently started picking itself up and has had a major amount of money invested in businesses to revive it's fortunes. Around 95% of the plant was demolished in stages during the 1980s and 1990s, and in 2013 the beautiful administration office building was controversially demolished much to the dismay of preservationists and campaigners. Although the vast majority of the site has been levelled, there are still a number of buildings left standing which have been decaying for the past 34 years which are each massive, and give some idea of the sheer scale of the facility when it was operational. The three buildings we explored were each different - one was used to crush coal being delivered by train, the second was the old power station building (yes!!) and the last I am not sure on as it was totally empty but it had some epic pipework coming out the back of it. There were more to explore but we ran out of daylight and all the others were a serious trek away across the wasteground. To give you some idea of the scale, after entering the site the closest buildings were a fifteen minute walk through an overgrown jungle that used to be covered with countless buildings but are all now flattened. The coal breaker building also was home to some of the sketchiest metal grate floors I've ever seen, coupled with instant death drops if one gave way, it made for a bit of a nervy explore at times wondering in my mind whether or not the next grate would hold! Thanks for looking, more on my Flickr as ever.
  24. This was one of three former steel manufacturing plants I visited on my trip, this is one I had already visited in May but jumped at the chance to go back and shoot for a couple of hours whilst waiting for another friend to get off work. This place is one of the north-eastern United States most under-rated sites and one of the best kept secrets in the area, my exploring friends go as far as saying it's one of the finest industrial abandonments in the entire country and they aren't wrong. The steelworks shut down overnight in the early 1980s leaving everything behind, one building was stripped of machinery for re-use post closure but the vast majority is still there. Workers belongings still hang in completely rusted out lockers, there is a gantry crane perilously close to completely collapsing onto the factory floor below, there are still fully stocked workshops, machine shops, and other areas quietly left to decay for over thirty years. It truly is one of the best locations I have ever explored. Nowadays half the site is an active steelworks once again, but three massive buildings have been left to rot and fall apart. I covered this place extensively back in May so I went handheld with my prime lens this time just to try and get a different angle on the place. I could quite happily spend days here shooting all the details. Thanks for looking, more photos can be found by following the link in my signature
  25. USA

    I finally got to see this small hospital after 5 yrs of wanting to do so. I'd tried once in the past when I lived further away but security was sitting at the gate. I never tried again till recently when a very nice new friend took me there after he was successful seeing it Whole set here


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