March 22nd, 2005

Nothing happens.
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so these aren't the best pictures, it was an initial exploration and i had a pounding headache. but the place is pretty cool, it's some steam tunnels beneath a bar downtown. like the apartment, they're only borderline abandoned, but they're cool. i promise i'll post pictures of actually abandoned places soon.

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  • Current Music
    tegan and sara - walking with a ghost

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On both Friday and Saturday night, I went to the Old Infirmary in Halifax with my friends Jess and Rafal to do some exploring. Even though we didn't have any source of light other than a lighter, camera flash, and the odd light in the building, we did a multitude of exploring. I was scared. Very scared, actually. I'd like to say that it was "no sweat" but there is something about abandoned places, peoples lives...dieing, surviving...that gets me every time. We were walking up a stairwell for quite some time and, at each in-between-flight-platform, we would look out a tiny window at the busy city outside. While we looked out the windows late at night at all the drunken lives wandering around below, we were standing in a building where many people had died. A building where there were many heart operations. A building where families sat in rooms waiting to hear if their son survived the car accident. A building where babies were born and names were given. A building where doctors, nurses, custodians, worked hours on end. A building that was much colder inside than it was outside. A building where hope and mystery hid in every corner.

EDIT: For those of you in Halifax, would you be interested in getting a group together and going in?

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Council High, Huntsville, AL

[Warning: LOTS OF PHOTOS BEHIND THE CUT; over 50 in all]

Councill High School

This was one of the schools for black people during segregation. It got closed down after desegregation, because of course white fokes wouldn't want to (gasp) go to a BLACK PEOPLE school.

"William Hooper Councill
High School Site

The first public school for African-Americans in the city of Huntsville was named for the founder of the Alabama A&M University. The site, selected by a committee headed by the Rev. W. E. Gaston, was donated by the Davis-Lowe family.

Founded in 1867 in the basement of Lakeside Methodist Episcopal Church on Jefferson Street, the school was moved to a frame building on this site in 1892. The first diplomas were granted in 1912. A brick structure replaced the original building in 1927.

The school was closed due to integration, graduating its last class in 1966."

I have a personal connection with the building because I took dance and theatre classes there when I was young; it was used as an arts building. Funds ran out for that, and it was occupied afterwards by United Way, until even they had to move out. Now it's just a home for squatters.

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I was lucky to visit when I did- not long after, the doors and windows were covered in plywood to block entry.
  • Current Music
    "Christmas Carol," Michiru Yamane