Tuesday, January 4, 2011

More Hudepohl Madness.

Finally managed to get out again to do some urban exploring.  It's been a few months so for nostalgia's sake we elected Hudepohl as out target.  Given the history of addition and subtraction to the building the floor plan is unique at best.  There's certain parts of the building that can only be accessed through certain entrances.  The western building is divided into 2 parts with only one door between them so there's alot of back tracking.  We spent the first half of the trip focusing on the west part of the building.

A storage room in the west side

There's a bizarre amount of school chairs littered about the place.

After a series of fruitless efforts trying to get into the main part of the West building, we turned our attention over to the east building to explore around it's southern part.  The Eastern half is much more interesting.  It appears that the West side is mostly storage and an entire floor that's a refrigerator, the East side is where all the fermenting took place, and where most historical elements of the building are found.

I don't usually do hdr but I really wanted that sky in the shot.

Best view in the city

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Upwards panorama of the epic smoke stack

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Through random cemeteries around St. Leon

I finally got some old rolls back from around June.  My friend Sara and her family were nice enough to let me tag along on one of their photo trips throughout rural Indiana around Dillsboro and St. Leon.  We went through some really old cemeteries with graves going back to Civil War times, along with checking out some other sundries of roadside Americana.  While out driving we also came across an epic decaying house.  I was really tempted to go inside because of the lack of any security measure, but common sense suggested otherwise.

Comparison of towers.

Completely random pine cones at the cemetery

All I can really ascertain about this house is it's probably been vacant for at least 40 years.  I was able to find it on google earth.  It's on St. Peters road in Harrison.  In overhead view the roof was still largely intact, so it must have fallen sometime within the last couple years.  Given it's size and number of doors it was probably a multi family house.  It looks like the auto shop next door uses part of it for storage.  Certainly