March 18, 2012 § 1 Comment
I’m aware I’m not the only one who finds abandoned buildings intriguing, but it’s a bit hard finding others who feel the same way. I tend to be easily spooked, so going alone is never an option for me in my travels. Being around a metropolitan area, I thought there’d be more quantity of rustic building that have aged into the nature around it.
I might just live in the wrong ‘metropolitan’ area though. The metropolitan area of dc is more apt to bulldoze any sort of abandoned structure instead of leaving it to rot. Of course there’s property value and aesthetic value and neighbors who like feeling safe and secure and surrounded by people rather than crumbling brick, but I am feeling a bit more defeatist than usual at finding open buildings that aren’t blocked by gates, no trespassing, and the law. I’m aware out west it’s more common to find empty silos that are pretty much free and unguarded for access.
There’s a few relics in Maryland and some much older structures guarded by the national park service in that area, but not much that gives away a truly magical feel about finding some hidden treasure of a building once used but now only a passing memory.
One place I wished I had visited before it got completely renovated with apartments is the National Park Seminary which had a range of architectural designs from oriental to european. Some parts are still intact. At least they didn’t tear down the whole place. I always felt that when a place with history is renovated, it loses some of it’s ‘historical value’.
Maybe things like an interest in abandonment should be kept more secretive, oh well.
Here’s a lovely picture to pique the imagination:
And a snippet of news of a place I’ll never be able to access: