May 2010Monthly Archives
Of all the derelict places littering the urban (and rural) landscape, industrial complexes are among the most prevalent. Shutting shop for myriad reasons, from changing economies to advances in technology, abandoned industrial buildings often hide fascinating histories and notable architecture, as seen on this visual journey through the South Fremantle Power Station.
Despite being places of healing and treatment, grim reality saw to it that many who came under the care of historic hospitals and insane asylums never saw the outside world again. Check out these chilling destinations in some online urban exploring.
Like theatres, cinemas and railway stations, historic swimming baths are important examples of civic architecture, illuminating a past epoch and the daily lives of its participants. But very few remain, and those that do are often abandoned. Moseley Road Baths is an exception, although the Gala Pool lies empty and the future remains uncertain.
Even top secret aircraft, known as black projects, require something as seemingly mundane as a patent. This one from the late 1970s is interesting. It looks like a classic “flying wing” design, albeit for a much smaller aircraft than the B2 Stealth Bomber. Hearsay suggests such a plane might actually be flying. Let’s take a look at the evidence.
Our oceans abound with myth and legend, some of them mainstream and others obscure. But if there is one thing that can be said with any certainty, it is that mariners throughout the ages have been highly superstitious, and often very religious, types. Here we take a look at a selection of fisherman’s chapels where mariners would pray before venturing out on the ocean waves.
Streetcar lines were a common sight in America’s towns from the late 1900s, and by the early twentieth century the golden age of rail travel was upon us. But many routes have now been dismantled, lost in the long grass that has replaced their tracks. Today, the discerning explorer may still find a surprising amount of evidence of their existence.