The Thomas Jefferson Hotel (later the Cabana Hotel, then Leer Tower) was one of Birmingham's largest and grandest luxury hotels. Completed in 1929, it is known for having the last rooftop zeppelin mooring mast in the world. The Thomas Jefferson was closed in May of 1983 after it was declared uninhabitable and unsafe. In 2005 the Leer Corporation of Modesto, California, announced a $20 million proposal to convert the building into upscale condominiums, to be known as the Leer Tower but the property went into foreclosure in July 2008. By 2015, the new owners spurred redevelopment of the derelict building. It was one of the first projects in Alabama to utilize new state and federal tax credits designed to spur redevelopment of historic structures. Construction began on February 12, 2015.
Glass Bank Building, Cocoa Beach
The Glass Bank Building in Cocoa Beach, Florida was once home to First Federal Savings and Loan and was built in 1961 an eclectic midcentury modern / international style. Frank Wolfe, one of the building's owners in its later years committed suicide at the building in February of 2014, presumably after the power to his penthouse on the top floor (pictured here) was cut off.
Saticoy Lemon Packing House #2.
Saticoy Lemon Packing House #2. Pictured here is a production line that has special meaning to me. This citrus packing house in the small Southern California town of Fillmore, California, is where I spent the first 12 years of my life. It is where my great grandparents, grandparents, and parents spent much of their life. Thumbing through old photos, I saw a picture of my mom, grandmother, and great grandmother - all posing in front of a lemon packing production line. My family's history is inextricably linked to the citrus industry in Southern, California. So, in 2014, on a trip down to visit family, I wriggled my way through a window of the Saticoy Lemon Association's Packing House #2, a 1924 Mission Revival citrus packing facility that faced an uncertain future. It had been abandoned for about a decade. As I was growing up, I saw the Southern California Citrus industry slowly decline, but it has recently been supplanted by other agricultural crops like Avocades. Allied Avocados & Citrus reoccupied this historic building soon after I photographed it and it is a humming factory once again.
Brookdale Lodge Brookroom
Opened in 1890 on the site of the Grover Lumber Mill, the Brookdale Lodge was founded by James Harvey Logan, a botanist and Judge (also responsible for the cultivation of the Logan berry).The stunning Brookroom, through which a natural stream flows, was built in the 1920s by the lodge's subsequent owner, Dr. F.K. Camp, a Seventh-day Adventist and outspoken prohibitionist.
The lodge became world-renowned during Dr. Camp's ownership. It was California's second most popular resort, playing host to Hollywood stars, including Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, and President Herbert Hoover. The recently reopened Clifton's Cafeteria in Los Angeles was inspired by the Brookdale Lodge's Brookroom.
After a 2009 fire, the Lodge was abandoned and remained in a state of neglect. Hotelier Pravin Patel purchased the Lodge in 2014 and began restoration of the property in 2016 with plans to reopen this year.
The Gingerbread Castle
The Gingerbread Castle at the Wheatsworth Mill. It was originally the centerpiece of an amusement park built adjacent to Mill by then-owner F.H. Bennett between 1928-1930. The castle was designed by master Viennese architect and theatre set designer Joseph Urban, whose architectural credits include the now-demolished Zeigfield Theatre in New York City; Trump-owned and National Historic Landmark Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida; and the New School for Social Research in New York City, one of the earliest Modern buildings in America. Bennett commissioned Urban to design the Gingerbread Castle after attending a Metropolitan Open production of Hansel and Gretel, for which Urban had designed the sets.
Proctor's Palace Theater
Proctor's Palace Theater, Newark, New Jersey. Opened on November 22, 1915, Proctor’s Palace Theatre in downtown Newark was one of the rare “double decker” theatres. Designed by architect John W. Merrow, the eight-story complex had a large 2,300-seat theatre at ground level and a smaller theatre of about 900 seats occupying the top four floors beneath the roof. The theatre closed in 1968, and it has remained abandoned ever since.
The Sea View Turberculosis Hospital
The Sea View turberculosis complex was planned and built between 1905 and 1938. This is on the second floor of the women's ward of Sea View Hospital. Raymond F. Almirall designed the patterns that adorn the parapet of these buildings. Sea View was the largest and most costly municipal facility for the treatment of tuberculosis of its date in the United States. By 1961 Sea View's patients no longer needed residency, as "miraculous" new drugs, notably the antibiotic Streptomycin, allowed for a swift and inexpensive cure.
Photographed here in 2013, the Giordano Diner in Lawrence, New Jersey was one of five in the state built by the Mountain View Diner Company, which operated from 1939 to 1957. It was included on Preservation New Jersey’s list of Top 10 most endangered sites in 2014. In October of 2014, the diner was moved to nearby Hamilton. Daniel Popkin, head of Hamilton-based Modern Recycled Spaces, and the Trenton-based Isles have been working to restore the diner and incorporate it into another project on the site of the abandoned Atlantic Products factory nearby. The “Mill One” project in Hamilton will revitalize a 300,000-square-foot factory and turn it into housing, artist’s galleries and space for nonprofit organizations.
Little Kahuna Water Park
Water Park, Lacassine, Louisiana. After four years of delays, this pirate-themed water park was slated to restart construction in 2013, with six water slides, a 920-foot-long lazy river, and a 9,500-square-foot sea-creature-themed kiddie area. The park never reopened, and it remains abandoned with all attractions in place.
Spiral Staircase, North Brother Island.
The rear spiral staircase extends three storeys at the 1905 nurse's residence. North Brother Island was a quarantine hospital for patients with communicable diseases, later known as Riverside Hospital. Home to Typhoid Mary, the island is currently an off limits bird sanctuary.
Skywalk in Tire Factory
The Fisk Tire Company was founded in 1898 and headquartered in Chicopee Falls Massachusetts. The largest and earliest manufacturer of automobile tires by the 1920s, there were Fisk Retail Stores in 40 states; and the Chicopee plant turned out 5,000 tires a day. The Great Depression hit Fisk hard, and its 121 retail tire stores had dwindled to three by 1934. When Fisk transformed into Uniroyal, the Chicopee plant remained its flagship U.S. factory until its closure in 1981.
Worcester Memorial Auditorium.
The now-abandoned public auditorium was originally conceived to memorialize WWI, but it wasn't constructed until the dawn of WWII. It housed what was the world's largest mural, painted by artist Leon Kroll. Most recently the auditorium was a filming location for the motion picture, American Hustle.
Magic Island Sphinx
The Magic Island Sphinx, Houston, TX. In 1984, Houston became home to the second Magic Island. A movie producer named Michael Callie had started the original club in Newport Beach, California. The business and concept were sold to Robert Albo, team doctor for the Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors, and his partner Terry Giles of Grand Illusion Enterprises Inc. Albo was a dedicated magic fan with a vast collection of posters and magic accoutrements, many of which ended up in the Houston location. The building was filled with secret passageways and hidden corners. In its earliest days, patrons would enter by inserting a special card into the mouth of a golden cobra statue in the lobby. That opened a set of sliding doors, which led to a glass elevator that passed by all manner of tomb-like decorations.
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Tire Palace. The Fisk Tire Company was founded in 1898 and headquartered in Chicopee Falls Massachusetts at this now-abandoned office building. The largest and earliest manufacturer of automobile tires by the 1920s, there were Fisk Retail Stores in 40 states; and the Chicopee plant turned out 5,000 tires a day. The Great Depression hit Fisk hard, and its 121 retail tire stores had dwindled to three by 1934. When Fisk transformed into Uniroyal, the Chicopee plant remained its flagship U.S. factory until its closure in 1981.
Infrastructure at Night
Rising above the Interstate near Farmington, Connecticut is the cyclopean I-84 stack interchange. The four-level project was intended to be Connecticut's first four-stack interchange. By 1969, construction on the project commenced and within four years it was nearly completed when planners discovered that there were issues with the MDC reservoirs in West Hartford. The project was halted and has remained abandoned ever since. It remains perhaps the largest single abandoned-in-place highway interstate feature in the country, with multiple on-ramps, off-ramps, overpasses and underpasses.