I recently had another photographer ask me if I knew any abandond buildings around town they could use for a photoshoot. I mentioned a few, and with the help of this site and TAD, they contacted a few owners. The owner of the Market said yes. They invited me to go to.
The view upon walking in,
The whole building does have power, but it seems its only purpose is to power the motion detectors throughout.
"Don't Demolish Motion detonator" makes me assume that they will be gutting the inside at some point.
About half of the main floor has had an addition to convert it into 2 floors. This second floor is shoddy and falling apart badly. The large windows are the ones which face north.
The upstairs is a maze, full of sketchy floors and lack of walls and overwhelming mildew smell.
What the hell is going on here...
The building also has an extensive basement. This is even more of a maze, small rooms, no lights, narrow halls, 90 degree corners, its very scary. I was uncomfortable the whole time I was down there. The camera flash makes it appear much brighter than it was.
Very little furnite or decor is left, but here is something that will interest many on here, stacks of old AIA magazines we found. I badly wanted to take some out with me.
DSC_0942 by Micro55, on Flickr
So ofcourse the part I was most excited about was the tower. Right by the main entrance is a ladder which is straight up, I put my backpack on and climbed up it. I'm not to fond of heights so I was a bit nervous about this, its about 2 floors striaght up. But, the room at the top is VERY cool.
Here's a shoot from inside it, with the hole where the ladder comes in.
DSC_0960 by Micro55, on Flickr
Very weird being up here, can't imagine many other people have ever been in it.
DSC_0963 by Micro55, on Flickr
While up here, my camera quit. It would only shoot pure black shots. Not sure what happened with it, That last fisheye is the last one to work. My assumption-the tower is haunted by camera ghosts. The other interesting things about the tower is the lack of cupola (or whatever the very top bit is called) access, I didn't realize until after we left there is another ladder on the outside on the back which is accessible from the roof.
Unfortunately , I wasn't able to talk the guy who actually let us in. I wanted to ask what the plans for the building are and when they might take place, but nothing.
more pictures on my flickr, https://www.flickr.c...th/17374082565/