May 18, 2013Blog Archives
In the mountains east of Lake Como stands a beautiful Baroque villa abandoned for decades. The source of a local urban legend, Villa de Vecchi – or the Ghost Mansion – was built by a nobleman whose life ended in tragedy.
Adaptive reuse allows culturally and historically important buildings to be redeveloped and repurposed instead of demolished. This article offers a brief overview of the practice, with some diverse examples.
Matthew Christopher has been fascinated by abandoned places since childhood. But it wasn’t until researching the decline of the US state hospital system a decade ago that his passion for urban exploration was truly ignited.
Set in the side of a castle-topped hill, The Million Donkey Hotel is the puzzling name given to a collection of re-purposed structures in the older part of Prata Sannita, Italy.
At the heart of the industrial village of Sion Mills in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, is Herdman’s Mill. Now redeveloped as living accommodation, these urbex photos show the industrial structure after it was abandoned.
In 1900, a military surplus dealer called Francis Bannerman VI bought Pollopel Island in the Hudson River and built Bannerman’s Castle – now abandoned – to house his weapons collection.
Photographer Ilya Varlamov’s impressive images of the abandoned railway station at Sukhumi reflect the foreboding grandeur of Stalinist architecture, also known as Stalinist Gothic and Socialist Classicism.
As the week commences, this collection of links will direct you to a range of great stories across the web, from abandoned places to weird art, history and science.
The ‘Animal House’ is one of several properties within a two-block area of Detroit’s East Side decoratively adorned with discarded objects as part of urban interventionist art installation the Heidelberg Project.
Situated somewhere in Europe, urban explorer Urbex Maestro captured this striking series of photographs featuring a now abandoned gasometer dating to the turn of the 20th century.
The Fichte-Bunker in Berlin, Germany, is a 19th century gasometer and former World War Two air raid shelter that has been transformed into some extremely chic homes.
Part Two of our global ghost towns feature features 10 more amazing abandoned settlements across the world.
Humans have always excelled at being an unsettled, roving species. As these historic ghost towns reflect, communities rise and fall for numerous reasons, leaving their settlements frozen in time.
One of several ghost cities of Eurasia, the abandoned resort of Varosha in Famagusta was once Northern Cyprus’ most exclusive tourist resort, now known by some as the ‘Ghost City’.
The abandoned mansion known as Wyndcliffe stands on the eastern bank of the Hudson River near Rhinebeck, New York, and may have inspired the idiom ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’.