June 27th, 2008

Abandoned mill. Siedlce, Poland.

Hi people, I'm a first time poster. I've been lurking and occasionally commenting here for almost a year. Now when I'm home for holiday I finally got some free time, and I decided to post something. Here are few photos of an abandoned mill situated roughly 50m from my home. It's been abandoned about 10 years ago and it's slowly decaying in the urban jungle.



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SKELETOR

A couple of pictures I took during spring break last year, while visiting my friend in Krakow, Poland. This was supposed to be a headquarters of Chief Technical Organisation of Poland. The construction of this building was started during the 70s and wasn't finished due to economical reasons. The building is 92m tall and it's called 'Skeletor' by the citizens of Krakow.



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Abandoned

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Laurens SC

This picture set features the disused Bethel AME Church in Laurens SC.  Organized in 1868, two AME bishops have come from this congregation.  Located at 234 Caroline Street, this Romanesque Revival church was built in 1910 by Columbus White, 1857-1945. Two structures he designed and built in the City of Laurens, Bethel AME Church and the Brown-Franklin Building, are still standing and are on the National Register of Historic Places. </p>

The stain glass windows were imported for the building.  Many still remain though some have been lost to unknown elements.  The building also has a basement that was used for offices, Sunday School, meeting and kitchen.  I've researched the congregation on the internet and found nothing to explain why the building is not longer used.  A dedication on the outside sign bears the date 1980.  I suspect that the cost of maintaining and repairing the building caused it to be abandoned in the early 1990s.  The building is included in the Laurens Historic District.  What is the fate of this once proud building?  The odds are not good...

All 142 pictures of the Bethel AME Church are in this flickr picture set.

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Inside Kudzu Covered Windows
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Good view of roof looking toward the pulpit and choir areas

Click on an image to see the larger picture...

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