In Focus

In Focus By On May 5, 2020

Renovation Progress at the Morris Memorial Hospital Site

My journey through West Virginia a few days ago took me by the former Morris Memorial Hospital for Crippled Children in Milton. I had been wanting to conduct aerial photography of the site for some time and see how much progress had been made in converting it into the Grand Patrician Resort & Spa!

In Focus By On February 1, 2020

Tull’s Hill

Tull’s Hill, located along the Lincoln Highway six miles west of Bedford, Pennsylvania, and features a four-room school that later became a gift shop.

In Focus By On December 19, 2019

Gingerbread Houses

Victorian-era (“gingerbread”) adornments are one of my favorite architectural highlights of any building, transforming otherwise dull designs into lavish representations.

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, a celebrated manufacturer of handcrafted maple wood baskets based near Newark, Ohio, has struggled in recent years with collapsing sales. It’s trademark office building, in the shape of a basket, was put up for sale.

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.