News On July 1, 2014

Exploring Hawthorne Plaza Mall

In the 16th installment of Tom Explores Los Angeles, Tom ventures inside the abandoned Hawthorne Plaza mall in Hawthorne, California.

News On June 27, 2014

Neverland Ranch

Neverland Ranch was the home of Michael Jackson – and a private amusement park.

Explorations On June 23, 2014

Inside Old Crow Distillery

Revisiting an old friend several weeks ago at a whiskey bar, I was reminded of a famous Mark Twain quote.

Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.

Just like the old friend, I repaid another visit to Old Crow Distillery in central Kentucky with several architects.

Events On June 23, 2014

Old Crow Distillery Tours

Want to explore, photograph or learn more Old Crow Distillery in Kentucky? Mark your calendar down for July 5 or July 26!

Explorations On June 12, 2014

Champion Paper

Champion Paper, which later became Champion International Paper, International Paper and then SMART Papers, was a paper mill in Hamilton, Ohio. Once employing 5,000 and boasting the largest facilities in the nation, the factory was the bread-and-butter of the working-class city.

Explorations On June 2, 2014

Peyton’s Store, Kentucky

Tucked in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky is Peyton’s Store. It’s a rural community of several households, named after an old general store that was once located along the roadway, but it’s nothing more than a wayside today.

Explorations On May 30, 2014

Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church is located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was host to a Slovak Catholic congregation. Designed by F.W. Wilson of McKeesport in the Gothic Revival architectural style, the building’s stance on the side of a hill, with its 150-foot tower, was to evoke a commanding presence over the Monongahela River valley.

Explorations On May 23, 2014

St. John’s

St. John Berchmans Catholic Church and Servite Catholic High School is located on the east side of Detroit, Michigan and operated as a combination church and school. It’s first iteration, as St. John Berchmans Catholic Church and elementary school and Servite Catholic high school, lasted until 1986. It reopened in 1996 as the Colin Powell Academy, a charter school, that lasted until 2010.

News On May 20, 2014

Old Taylor Revival

Old Taylor Distillery, located near Frankfort, Kentucky, has been in a rough patch for several decades. But a new startup is destined to change that.