February 6th, 2009

Alma College


Alma Ladies College began it's construction on May 24th, 1878. It took just over three years to complete and, in October of 1881, it officially opened. The grounds featured a main building, a chapel, a hall, and a unique outdoor amphitheatre. The Victorian Gothic exterior of the front facade and the two flanking side facades made this structure unique in the City of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Alma College was slated for destruction but strong community support to restore this beautiful building kept its fate up in the air. Sadly, on May 28th, 2008 (a little over a month after my visit) Alma College burned down, with the remaining ruins demolished a couple days later after an emergency permit was obtained due to the fact that the ruins were 'unsafe'.

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medical arts building, hot springs, arkansas

my husband and i celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary in hot springs arkansas last october. the night we arrived, we noticed this beautiful old building, and also that it was completely dark. some online reconnaissance explained that the MAB had originally provided all manner of professional medical care to the surrounding areas, but that once the population of hot springs declined drastically, it was no longer needed, and thus shut down. the building is completely vacant except for the first floor rented storefronts. but how to gain access, my obsessed little mind wondered?

rest assured, i did get in. i was generously allowed one hour to explore, which of course wasn't nearly enough, but husband #1 is the high-strung sort and doesn't like me to get up to half the mischief i do. it being our anniversary and all, i wanted to be accomodating. ;) it was an incredible sixty minutes, during which i scampered madly about snapping over 200 photos of about six floors. it's a real relief to bring some of them out of the cluttered archives of the hard drive.

the very tightly edited set of 44 on my flickr.

Newbie with pics

I've been watching this community for awhile but only now have joined because I finally have something to share. I'm not a great photographer, and I don't have the best camera in the world, but I've been taking tons of pictures in an attempt to develop at least marginal skills.

This set was taken in rural Page County, Iowa a few weeks ago. I thought the structure might have been an old school but my grandfather (native to the area and 89 years old) says it was a church.

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