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Steele Heddle Manufacturing Complex

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Last week news broke of fire engulfing the 332,600-square-foot city block North Philly factory.  I explored this factory late last year. Inside consisted of huge wooden open space floors with no machinery or other placeholders located inside. Of course, this provided the fuel that lasted three hours as firefighters fought to contain this massive fire destruction.

The Steel Heddle Manufacturing Company manufactured textile loom accessories. The Philadelphia plant remained in operation until 1983 and in 2007 sold for $1 to AM8 Group Steel Heddle. To my surprise, I only took one picture here (no video as well) after entering the basement and exploring the other three floors. It was an uninteresting place with the exception of another building down the street that piqued my interest.

Destroyed & Demolished May 18, 2018

Source: Raging 5-Alarm Inferno Engulfs Defunct Factory in North Philadelphia

Archives #5: Best Graffiti Piece of 2017

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I believe this to be one of the best graffiti works I have ever come across in my explorations during last year. It even beats out the Brooklyn skull mural that I found to be widely creative and great use of an abandoned space. The intricate detailed eyes and wrinkles. The use of the full length of dry wall really captured my attention once I entered this warehouse in Pennsylvania.

The Old Water Pump House

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Archives #4: White Emptiness

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Inside the white Calatraval piece before it became a commerical venue full of tourists from the WTC.

A late night Instagram meetup with fellow photogs roaming the streets of Manhattan. Good times.


Archives #3: Manhattan Nights

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I normally don't post night pictures. I have always been a day person. I never liked the edited night pictures I've taken in the past nor felt the need to publish them in general. I am hoping with the growing Lightroom experience I have been gaining over these past three years will change that.

Here is to more night time pictures.  🙈 💀 👶

Archives #2: Cherry Red Roadster

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Recently and also in the past, I have come across a handful of old cars abandoned in mills, power plants and other buildings. I have started to notice I always come across more frequently than is expected. In one location, I came upon 20-30 trucks and heavy machinery just sitting rusting away behind a fence. Maybe I will share a photo from that place in the future.  👀

Home Street Presbyterian Church

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I attempted two times to infiltrate this little church on a three-way intersection and failed miserably. On the third attempt one early cold morning, I found workmen going through the front door with toolboxes and scaffolding past the doorway peeking back at me. According to the developers' plans, common area furniture will come from ceiling beams and the facade schist will have a future in the backyard garden once the senior housing development is completed.

The Home Street Presbyterian Church was abandoned in 2009 when funds for boiler repairs were lacking after a furnace fire. The congregation disbanded after internal feuds between two groups led to dysfunctional maintenance and upkeep. The congregation was finally dissolved in 2011. The church has stood since 1910 when the Foxhurst section of this neighborhood was more suburban. Around this time period, the frame houses began to shift to an urban sprawl compromising of Italian Catholics and Eastern European Jews.

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