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Walking Dead

Exploring a disused military ammunition depot brings back thoughts of the Walking Dead. Perhaps it is because I have been binge watching the post-apocalyptic horror series on television, or rather that I have a fascination with post-human interactions. And because of that, I went through my archives and found some great images that I have never shared that evokes that resemblance. Read More

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Ro-Na Theater
Ro-Na’s Restored Marquee

The Ro-Na Theater in downtown Ironton was once billed as southern Ohio’s “finest theater,” and featured an Art Moderne marquee and intricate interior murals depicting various historical scenes from the region. The Ro-Na closed in the 1970s, and became an auto-parts store.
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Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall Demolition

Partial demolition is well underway at Ironton, Ohio’s Memorial Hall. Constructed by the Yost and Packard firm of Columbus, Ohio in 1892 to honor Civil War veterans, the stone and brick building was dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic, the Women’s Relief Corps, American Expeditionary Forces and the Spanish-American War soldiers.  Read More

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Exploring Hawthorne Plaza Mall

In the 16th installment of Tom Explores Los Angeles, Tom ventures inside the abandoned Hawthorne Plaza mall in Hawthorne, California. The mall was opened to the masses in 1977 and anchored by J.C. Penny, Montgomery Ward and Broadway. Broadway, part of the Federated Department Store network, later became a Macy’s.
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Neverland Ranch
Neverland Ranch

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch sprawls over 3,000 acres and was named after the fantasy island in the story of Peter Pan – a boy who never grows up. The property was host to Jackson’s home as well as a private amusement park, petting zoo, two railroads and numerous statues of children. Read More

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Old Crow Distillery
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. Read More

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Champion Paper
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. Read More

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