ianference:

While the Hotel Columbia has been abandoned for over a decade, one would hardly know this to look at it - many rooms look more or less like this, somewhat disheveled, but hardly in the state of advanced decay that most of the buildings I study are.  Still, as can be inferred from the red carpeting and the bathroom design pictured here, it has been much longer than a decade since anything was done to update the decor… Sadly, while the Columbia is certainly in salvageable condition, the Korean investment conglomerate that owns it wants it as a tax shelter and nothing more - there are currently no plans to save the building, and soon enough, water damage will make rehabilitation prohibitively expensive.

ianference:

While the Hotel Columbia has been abandoned for over a decade, one would hardly know this to look at it - many rooms look more or less like this, somewhat disheveled, but hardly in the state of advanced decay that most of the buildings I study are.  Still, as can be inferred from the red carpeting and the bathroom design pictured here, it has been much longer than a decade since anything was done to update the decor… Sadly, while the Columbia is certainly in salvageable condition, the Korean investment conglomerate that owns it wants it as a tax shelter and nothing more - there are currently no plans to save the building, and soon enough, water damage will make rehabilitation prohibitively expensive.

Zangarro, Guanajuato, Mexico/Flooded by La Purísima dam in ca. 1978

Zangarro, Guanajuato, Mexico/Flooded by La Purísima dam in ca. 1978

"Great architecture has only two natural enemies: water and stupid men."

— Richard Nickel (via ianference)

ianference:

It is truly a strange thing when a steam pipe bursts under an abandoned building in the dead of winter, but that’s exactly what happened under the Clinic Building at Greystone Park State Hospital in 2007, a month before the building was unceremoniously knocked down.  The steam congregated near the ceiling of the abandoned asylum infirmary, condensing on the pipes and dripping down in regular patterns - and creating these ice stalagmites.  An hour after taking this photograph, demolition workers came into the building and chased us through the tunnels; we had to hide in an attic in 0 degree weather for hours while cops searched for us.  The next time I drove out there, there was no trace that a building had ever stood in this spot.
Prints available here.

Well!  I’m glad to see that it was all in error and we’re not being taken offline after all for DMCA violations - especially since, at least as far as I’ve noticed, we haven’t even been hit with C&D letters.  But just in case something happens to the site, I thought I’d share what has easily proven to be the Destroyed & Abandoned fan favorite among my images.  Salud!

ianference:

It is truly a strange thing when a steam pipe bursts under an abandoned building in the dead of winter, but that’s exactly what happened under the Clinic Building at Greystone Park State Hospital in 2007, a month before the building was unceremoniously knocked down.  The steam congregated near the ceiling of the abandoned asylum infirmary, condensing on the pipes and dripping down in regular patterns - and creating these ice stalagmites.  An hour after taking this photograph, demolition workers came into the building and chased us through the tunnels; we had to hide in an attic in 0 degree weather for hours while cops searched for us.  The next time I drove out there, there was no trace that a building had ever stood in this spot.

Prints available here.

Well!  I’m glad to see that it was all in error and we’re not being taken offline after all for DMCA violations - especially since, at least as far as I’ve noticed, we haven’t even been hit with C&D letters.  But just in case something happens to the site, I thought I’d share what has easily proven to be the Destroyed & Abandoned fan favorite among my images.  Salud!

Final warning?

I’ve got a final warning email from tumblr because of copyright infringement with some photos. That’s strange because all of my posts are reblogs, and photos with sources.

If destroyed-and-abandoned will be suddenly destroyed, that would be a perfect but sad end of this blog. Anyway, thanks for all my followers. I hope this is just a mistake.

EDIT: Ok, tumblr support messaged me:

… an automated DMCA notification processing system that may have gone awry. We’re currently investigating the situation …

Thanks for all your reply.

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"Allen-a-Dale," abandoned cabin in northern Idaho Source: Shmebber (reddit)[[MORE]]Shmebber:TL;DR: Couple builds cabin, cabin is abandoned.

In 1919, Alva and Myrtle Allen filed on a 90 acre homestead along the south shore of Upper Priest Lake, Idaho, and named their new home “Allen-a-Dale.”

Over the years, the couple completed the cabin with their own hands, using native timber. They split the shakes for the roof and hand-hewed the boards used for the floor, the trim, and front porch. Mr. Allen built all the furniture from birch limbs and cedar shakes. A spring south of the cabin was walled with rocks and channeled through a filter system made from an old washing machine tub. This produced filtered water of excellent quality.

The cabin was cozy and well-constructed (photo), and the wilderness landscape surrounding it was spectacular. The Allens made friends with the deer that went by their cabin almost nightly, the bears that would leave their tracks and marks on nearby trees, and the chipmunks and squirrels that came by for nuts and berries.

Allen-a-Dale’s location next to a popular hiking trail led to a number of break-ins, especially after a drought in the early 1950s dried up underbrush surrounding the cabin and exposed it to trail hikers. Mr. Allen said “it wasn’t the intrinsic value of the clock or dustpan or lamp that was important, but its usefulness that was hard to replace when everything had to be packed in from Granite Creek” (over 20 miles south).

The Allens made their last visit to Allen-a-Dale in 1957. The cabin’s furniture was then gifted to a number of cabins on the north shore of the lower lake (my family inherited the stool in the previous photo).

In a letter, Mrs. Allen wrote “It was good to see that all the old buildings around the lake were gone and to see the area around the little lake so lush and green. Soon our cabin will be ‘dust to dust’ and that is good! A beauty spot like all the Upper Priest country should be a primitive area for the enjoyment of all people and not a hideaway as Allen-a-Dale has been.”

In that sentiment, the Allens, rather than selling their homestead to developers, deeded it back to the people of the United States, and today it is part of the expansive Kaniksu National Forest. The Allens’ refusal to sell out to developers helped enormously to maintain the “wild” nature of Upper Priest Lake - even today, there is no road access to its shores.

Mr. Allen passed in 1976, and his wife followed him in 1977. The footprint of their cabin remains a popular landmark on the Navigation Trail to Upper Priest Lake.

Source: Simpson, Claude and Catherine Simpson, North of the Narrows (Moscow, ID: University Press of Idaho, 1981).

"Allen-a-Dale," abandoned cabin in northern Idaho

Source: Shmebber (reddit)

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This is the epic swimming pool building at Grossinger’s Resort in Liberty, NY.  Grossinger’s was the premier go-to location for the Ashkenazi Jewish communities of New York City during the heyday of the Borscht Belt hotels; a family I met on the bus in Brooklyn fondly recalled weeks spent at the resort every summer.  In the winter, it was a skiing destination most famous for creating the process for making artificial snow.  The resort closed its doors for good in 1986.

ianference:

This is the epic swimming pool building at Grossinger’s Resort in Liberty, NY.  Grossinger’s was the premier go-to location for the Ashkenazi Jewish communities of New York City during the heyday of the Borscht Belt hotels; a family I met on the bus in Brooklyn fondly recalled weeks spent at the resort every summer.  In the winter, it was a skiing destination most famous for creating the process for making artificial snow.  The resort closed its doors for good in 1986.

Abandoned Spencer Mountain Mansion
Source: mikejones84 (reddit)
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This was built by the Pharr Mill in Gaston County, NC on land across from the mill that used to be a cemetery. There’s a whole website about it being haunted. It was super sunny today, so sorry that the pics aren’t a bit better.

Abandoned Spencer Mountain Mansion

Source: mikejones84 (reddit)

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Rusty gears of the flood lift system on an abandoned railroad bridge Source: Creeping_Deth (reddit)

Rusty gears of the flood lift system on an abandoned railroad bridge

Source: Creeping_Deth (reddit)

Abandoned stone fort in Quebec, Canada

Abandoned stone fort in Quebec, Canada