December 29th, 2009

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Abandoned Places – The Lyric Theatre versus The Alabama Theatre (July 09)

As promised, here’s more photos of the beautiful old theater in Birmingham, Alabama I posted before. Part of the reason I got to shoot inside The Lyric Theatre was to compare and contrast the condition of the Lyric, versus the condition of the fully restored Alabama Theatre across the street. The folks who own The Alabama also own The Lyric and due to some personal and professional connections, I had free run of both buildings to shoot over nearly six hours. Obviously this gave me and two other photographers/explorers time to see things that many folks would never notice on a causal tour. It also resulted in 400+ photos just from my camera. Thus said, I’m going to be posting these images for some time to come.

The Lyric Theatre – Original exit sign

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Bannerman's Castle Collapses

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Bannerman's Castle in May 2008

I got some distressing news from fellow ruin-explorer Rob Yasinsac the other day: A large section of Bannerman's Castle, the abandoned weapons arsenal on the Hudson River, collapsed sometime last weekend.

I first started visiting Bannerman's Castle about twenty years ago, and every year we'd always notice the structures would crumble a little more. Now there's a huge piece missing from the main tower, and this no doubt makes the whole building dangerously unstable.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be enough money to preserve all the buildings on the island. Only a month ago, the Bannerman's Castle Trust was trying to raise funds to restore one of the towers on the breakwater because the foundation has deteriorated to the point where it may fall into the river by the end of this winter.
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