The last sentinel standing

Southington Forge, the demolition has started

Revisited the forge with my friend Ted Roth on March 25 after the long winter break. The demolition has started, workman in their bright yellow jackets and hardhats are walking around and a huge machine is taking apart one of the buildings one piece at a time. Met a few people who used to work …

Southington Forge

A great example to the ruinous death to American heavy industry. This place has been abandoned just 11 years ago and it is slated for demolition. The giant machines stand like sentinels inside the enormous workshops, waiting in vain for the return of the people once worked there. More pictures:

At the Farrel Factory

Farrel Corp

Here are a few pictures from the Farrel Corp site in Ansonia, Connecticut. It used to be one of the biggest manufacturing company in the state, but by now the global competition made a real dent in its size. Still the factory, now owned by HF Machinery Group is still churning  out orders for machines for …

Busted

Stanley Works, New Britain

We had the good fortune to get permission to photograph inside of the closed down section of Stanley Works Factory.  Founded by Federick T. Stanley in 1843, originally a bolt and door hardware manufacturing company located in New Britain, Connecticut, was one of the biggest employer in the state . The complex is huge, we …

Waiting

An Evening at the Opera

Built in 1869-70 the Ansonia Opera House was the earliest Opera House in Connecticut. However it has fallen on hard times in modern times, seats have been removed from the main area and turned into a basketball court, dressing rooms converted into ( now abandoned ) offices, storage places for different items, including some mannequins. …

Ted at work

Return to Ansonia Brass, Waterbury

Yesterday we, that is my friend Ted Roth and myself, returned to the Waterbury branch to the now closed Ansonia Brass factory. The place is getting cleaned up, bit by bit, quite a few of the machinery is gone now, probably on trucks on their way to their new home in Mexico. There is still …

Halcyon Hall/Bennett College, Millbrook, New york

I took these pictures in 2010 when the building was still in a good enough condition for  going inside and carefully walk around. The roof was in pretty bad condition even by than and you can see the sky through the openings . Lots of the floor boards collapsing to the next level, so you  …