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This was the great cast iron staircase that stood at the center of the Samuel R. Smith Infirmary, an 1890 edifice that stood proudly on Staten Island until a few years ago, when it was demolished to little fanfare.  In all honesty, by the point it was demolished, it was probably beyond saving - it would have been prohibitively expensive to rehabilitate the building in its final state.  As I discuss in my blog post on the subject, this highlights the generally failed state of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.
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ianference:

This was the great cast iron staircase that stood at the center of the Samuel R. Smith Infirmary, an 1890 edifice that stood proudly on Staten Island until a few years ago, when it was demolished to little fanfare.  In all honesty, by the point it was demolished, it was probably beyond saving - it would have been prohibitively expensive to rehabilitate the building in its final state.  As I discuss in my blog post on the subject, this highlights the generally failed state of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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Dunluce Castle along the North Antrim coast, Northern Ireland

abandonedography:

Dunluce Castle along the North Antrim coast, Northern Ireland

ianference:

This sink, found on Admiral’s Row - a group of 11 mansions on the southwest corner of the Brooklyn Navy Yard - was clearly the victim of scrappers.  They cut the copper piping that held the sink in place, and just left it on the ground next to its former housing, presumably going on to sell the copper for at most a couple of bucks.  Sadly, facts like this were used by the City of New York - with the blessing of then-mayor Bloomberg - to condemn the stately 19th century Second Empire mansions to death; where they stood, the plan is to pave over the ground to make surface parking for a new supermarket.  A damn shame, given that two independent architectural firms judged 9 of the 11 buildings to be sound, level, and plumb - prime candidates for adaptive reuse.

ianference:

This sink, found on Admiral’s Row - a group of 11 mansions on the southwest corner of the Brooklyn Navy Yard - was clearly the victim of scrappers.  They cut the copper piping that held the sink in place, and just left it on the ground next to its former housing, presumably going on to sell the copper for at most a couple of bucks.  Sadly, facts like this were used by the City of New York - with the blessing of then-mayor Bloomberg - to condemn the stately 19th century Second Empire mansions to death; where they stood, the plan is to pave over the ground to make surface parking for a new supermarket.  A damn shame, given that two independent architectural firms judged 9 of the 11 buildings to be sound, level, and plumb - prime candidates for adaptive reuse.

Old abandoned house near Clatskanie, Oregon

Old abandoned house near Clatskanie, Oregon

An empty office in Brickhouse N, in Austria  by Stefan Baumann

An empty office in Brickhouse N, in Austria by Stefan Baumann

Abandoned Soviet embassy in Warsaw

Abandoned Soviet embassy in Warsaw

ianference:

A scene from Riverside Hospital - “Typhoid Mary’s hospital” - out on North Brother Island, in the Bronx.  A quarantine island for many years, numerous structures were constructed.  One of them, the Boys’ Dormitory, contained a library.  When the island was abandoned, apparently most of the bookshelves were worth salvaging; the books - not so much.
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ianference:

A scene from Riverside Hospital - “Typhoid Mary’s hospital” - out on North Brother Island, in the Bronx.  A quarantine island for many years, numerous structures were constructed.  One of them, the Boys’ Dormitory, contained a library.  When the island was abandoned, apparently most of the bookshelves were worth salvaging; the books - not so much.

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Abandoned Old Lighthouse - Sulina, Romania.

Abandoned Old Lighthouse - Sulina, Romania.

Old hydroelectric plant in Fredericksburg, VA. View from the Rappahannock Source: itsapipebomb (reddit)

Old hydroelectric plant in Fredericksburg, VA. View from the Rappahannock

Source: itsapipebomb (reddit)