December 30th, 2008

cannon

Horse Estate

This place is really three-in-one: the rear house, the stables & outbuildings, and the front house... I wound up spending several hours over two days exploring.

The back-story is that a of a declining or scattered family, leaving no one to care for what was once a really nice country estate... It's for sale, but as a chunk of land (~100 acres) with rotting buildings to clean up...

Horse Estate
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Theater...

This is an old set from last winter. This place was the first indoor pool in the city back in the late 1800s. The basement of the place was like a spa. I have no idea what was above that at the time. However sometime in probably the 1930s they converted the place into a movie theater. It was in operation until the mid-1980s when it closed. Sometime about 10 years ago the roof of the place collapsed completely covering the seats in roof debris. This place isn't really accessible anymore because there is a condo place next to it and the only way to get here is walk across the condo lot. However the condo lot has motion sensors and guards on duty (this is in the city I would expect nothing less) and the last time we went here a loudspeaker called out to us to leave immediately. We never found an alternative way in we were brave enough to try. So alas this place is dead to us now. These photos are from 2 different trips inside and some drive-bys of the exterior. A lot of people always talk about how dangerous these places seem to walk around. Nothing I have posted before compares to this when it comes to instability. With the roof gone and all the main support beams the sides of this place just kind of hang there. All of the back of the theater just hangs in a big mess. This was pre-tripod so these photos aren't so pretty...



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