The abandoned western wing staircase leading to the second floor of the A.L. Miller School in Macon, Georgia. The school was originally constructed in 1931 at a cost of 200,000. Once an all-girls high school, in its later years, it became a middle school. Like many schools in the South, A.L. Miller was segregated. The school closed some time in the mid-2000s.
Smile, For Life is Good
The semi-abandoned workshops at Creative Engineering in Orlando, Florida teem with the artistic and technological ambitions of the post-industrial generation. Aaron Fechter, who remains as steward of his studios, continues to offer tours of his workshops. The masks are frozen in the early 90s. Animatronics in various states of decay (some unboxed) are stored in the facility. Aaron, a genius inventor and mad scientist to some, still has ambitions for clean, limitless, renewable energy. In any case, his hydrillium hamburgers are the best on the East (or West!) side of the Mississippi. Rock Afire Explosion may be dead as a business, but the dream lives on at Creative Engineering, Inc.
Glass Bank Penthouse
The Glass Bank Building in Cocoa Beach, Florida was once home to First Federal Savings and Loan and was built in 1961 in 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.
The valentines at the Hamilton Hotel, which eventually became a social services agency in Holyoke known as the Silvio Conte Training Center, which was named after a well-liked former congressman who - as Republican - battled for the poor.
A.L. Miller School
The abandoned science wing in the lower level of the A.L. Miller School in Macon, Georgia. The school was originally constructed in 1931 at a cost of 200,000. Once an all-girls high school, in its later years, it became a middle school. Like many schools in the South, A.L. Miller was segregated. The school closed some time in the mid-2000s.
Why do I feel the title of this photo is an oxymoron? How can graffiti be historic? Historic graffiti - to me - tells a story. It communicates the culture of the disenfranchised and carries to future generations the importance of social justice. Oddly, I think a lot of graffiti today represents that mandate. Here, in Holyoke, the plight of early-20th century industrial workers is on full display. 1917, 1923, 1924. These are years which seem so distant from our own. But their scrawlings communicate the same message as a tagger possibly would today. I have always been against graffiti. But when I see these cries from industrial workers in Holyoke, Massachusetts, it becomes clear to me that graffiti goes beyond hedonism.
Today, this mill is gone. Its graffiti became ashes as a outcome of arson. These names are gone as concrete reality, but their existence as photos speaks to their truth and reality. Graffiti - I still think - can be tempered. But without it, we would never know how to foster the most creative and industrious individuals.
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Radiotelescope
One of two massive radiotelescopes at PARI
Be Fruitful and Multiply
A poster in the administrative offices of the abandoned Carnation West Oakland ice cream and milk factory. Established in 1928, the factory was closed in the late 1980s and was finally demolished sometime between 2012 and 2014.
Jones Building Reception
The reception area in the historic Jones Building of Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA. The Jones Building was erected in 1928-1929 as a general medical - surgical hospital and was the only hospital in Milledgeville at the time. Both employees and patients, as well as the people in the community, had their children at the hospital. The building was equipped with modern operating rooms and wards for medical and surgical cases, and it also housed the hospital's clinical laboratory, x-ray department, out-patient clinic, and morgue. Throughout the building's operation, many medical problems were treated from common colds to sophisticated surgery. The Jones Building was permanently closed in 1979 after five decades of use.
Pizitz Department Store
This is the flagship store of Pizitz, a department store chain in Alabama. At its peak Pizitz operated 12 other chains, mostly in the Birmingham area with some stores in Huntsville and other Alabama cities.
It was founded as the Louis Pizitz Dry Goods Co. in 1899 on this site downtown. The company was sold to McRae's in 1986.
In 1859, Samuel Willston purchased the water rights of Broad Brook and constructed Williston Mill No. 1, a textile spinning mill. By the turn of the century, the Hampton Company purchased the property and used the complex to dye cotton goods produced at the West Boylston Manufacturing Company. After the Second World War, the mill would fall into several hands, including Textron, American Thread, and Fuller Fabrics until it finally closed in 1962
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village
Tressa Luella Schaefer was born in Minnesota in 1896. She eventually ended up in Southern California, where she created a whimsical assemblage of structures and sculptures built out of recycled glass. Tressa died in 1988 and soon afterwards, her folk art "village" was badly damaged in the Northridge quake. Listed on the National Register, Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village is under active management and protection by a nonprofit organization.
The War to End All Wars
The quote to the left, from Abraham Lincoln, shows the iconic words, "We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation under god shall have a new birth of
freedom." To the right is the depiction of a naval battleship and a teak deck. The Memorial Auditorium, originally conceived as a memorial to the first World War was finally completed at the dawn of the Second World War.