Ruin and dereliction are often the unintended consequences of abandonment, but a little inspiration and imagination has seen some former churches repurposed for modern use. These range from contemporary homes to bars, bookshops, studios and garages.
Historic theatres and movie palaces appeal to a broad range of individuals, but most have either been torn down or stand derelict. The Victory Theatre in Holyoke, Massachusetts, is one of the lucky exceptions, set to undergo a $24 million renovation that will see it reopen in 2012.
The notorious sea mist that forms along the Dingle coast often conceals Great Blasket Island, with its wistful ruins that were once home to several noted writers.
Ossuaries are both fascinating and macabre places, but provide an economical solution to the problem of overcrowded churchyards. By categorising and stacking bones, countless human skeletons could be interred in a single – sometimes eerily decorative – tomb.
The abandoned Talgarth Asylum oozes character and atmosphere. But the ornate stonework and boarded-up windows are a bleak reminder of its horrifying history.
For the latest installment in our creatively converted chapels and churches series, they don’t come much more inspired than the Pitcher and Piano bar in Nottingham.
If illustration and character animation are your thing, you’ll love the work of Denis Zilber. This article provides an introduction to Denis’ work, which includes well known household characters alongside his own unique creations.
A wealth of historic airfields can be found scattered across the United States in various states of disrepair. This article examines several from international airports to modern military bases and remote airstrips that helped steer the course of history.
Disused buildings are a factor of every town and city, but entire abandoned roads are arguably the most haunting. Devoid of the purpose they were built for and heading for places that may no longer exist, these streets are a ghostly reminder of lost homes and forgotten destinations.
Methodist chapels were often simple and austere places, dedicated to the worship of God over the comfort of the congregation. But this Gothic example in Kingston, Devon, has been repurposed as an ultra-comfortable fishing lodge.
Are you fascinated by forgotten places but not quite sure why? In this article, Thomas Slatin explains how taking photos of abandoned places can improve and build other photographic skills, and in doing so partly explains the strange visual appeal of urban decay.
Leningradskaya Station was a Soviet Antarctic research facility on the north shore of Victoria Land. These isolated base is one of three mothballed Russian research stations that could soon be reactivated.
Aircraft connect us with distant parts of the world in ways that ships and railways never could, and have been adapted for a variety of uses. But they have a shelf-life and are often recycled when their time comes. Sometimes, however, they’re abandoned along with the airfields that once served them.
Google Doodles has come up with the goods again in its latest artistic installment commemorating Thanksgiving 2010. And Google isn’t simply providing a pretty picture in place of its traditional logo!
Photographer Tom Blackwell snapped these vintage magazines resting on a work bench inside the abandoned Eastmoor Reformatory. They include a May 1960 edition of Practical Woodworking, and would have been used to help young offenders gain vocational skills.