In Focus

In Focus By On April 19, 2019

Friars Club Murals

While living in the now-demolished Friar’s Club in Cincinnati, Ohio between 1941 and 1944, Lumen Martin Winter painted murals on the walls of the residents’ lounge. The 1,600 square-foot scenes, painted in tempera emulsion on a casein ground, depicted regional highlights of industry, music, religion, and literature.

In Focus By On August 24, 2018

“Tunnels”

Long interior “tunnels,” which are above-ground, allowed patients and medical staff to traverse the abandoned Peters Veterans Administration Hospital in Pennsylvania without being exposed to the weather or having to share space with steam pipes and electrical conduits.

In Focus By On February 11, 2018

Suicide at Young’s High Bridge

Several years ago, I hiked to the east abutment of the abandoned Young’s High Bridge in central Kentucky to photograph the sunset and blue hour. Little did I know that I was about to witness a suicide—or did I?

Explorations / In Focus By On March 16, 2017

The Plight of Buffalo’s Elevators

Along the southern harbors of Buffalo, New York are the ruins of several elevators. Some of those giants, such as the former Cargill Superior, and Canadian Pool, have been derelict for decades, but they can all point their decline to the development of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the unpreparedness of Buffalo’s industrial leaders as the reason for their closure.

In Focus By On January 9, 2017

Old Hickory Renovations

I couldn’t believe my eyes. After driving for many miles in lake effect snow, I came upon Old Hickory in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Work has started to restore this long-neglected landmark into a bed-and-breakfast.

In Focus By On December 29, 2016

A Gothic Revival Stunner

This stunning Gothic Revival residence in Ithaca, New York was constructed in 1880. For many years, the long-vacant property served as Turback’s Restaurant which closed in 1997. It was previously Chef Yeppi Presents and the Gables Inn restaurants.

In Focus By On December 20, 2016

The Longaberger Basket

The Longaberger Company is a manufacturer of handcrafted maple wood baskets based near Newark, Ohio. At its peak in 2000, Longaberger boasted of sales at over $1 billion annually with thousands on the payroll. Today, the company has $100 million in sales and just 35 employees.

In Focus By On September 29, 2016

Revisiting the Jefferson School

There are times when I revisit an old friend and discover something new, such as the case of the long-abandoned Jefferson School in Wheeling, West Virginia. I had not discovered much about the historic structure other than coming upon its demolition in 2013.

In Focus By On February 4, 2015

James Duke’s Residence

The antebellum James K. Duke House is located in Kentucky and was built circa 1792 and notable for its duels and its connection to early horse racing in the United States.

In Focus By On October 29, 2014

Foxy Shazam Disbanding

It was announced today that the American rock band, Foxy Shazam, is disbanding for an unknown period of time. I am under the assumption that after performing more than 2,000 shows, the band members just need some time to breathe and be with their families.

One of my favorite music videos, for I Like It, from the aptly named The Church of Rock and Roll, was filmed in the abandoned First German Reformed Church in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati – their hometown.