Mount Moriah Cemetery

It’s not exactly common for a major urban cemetery to become abandoned and fall into disrepair, but that’s exactly what happened to Mount Moriah, which straddles the southwest city limits of Philadelphia. Its story is similar to that of countless other abandoned places and buildings: changing socioeconomic factors slowly eroded the graveyard’s relevance until it … Continue reading Mount Moriah Cemetery

American Palaces

Theater opulence reached its zenith in the early part of the last century. The boom in motion pictures, which quickly became the prime form of entertainment for the masses, coupled with the trend of studios owning their own theaters which they strove to make as lavish as possible in order to attract patrons, created this … Continue reading American Palaces

Rural Time Capsule

Out in the woods of rural Pennsylvania sits an old house, overgrown with weeds and thistles. Slashing our way through the dense shrubbery, and getting sucked into calf-deep mire, we felt more like Stanleys searching for Dr. Livingstone than urbexers. But once inside, the old cabin would yield some interesting finds. The home had belonged … Continue reading Rural Time Capsule

My Olde Pal Gary

Most people have heard of Gary, Indiana. The town had a mid-century burst of fame in “The Music Man” in which it features in an eponymous song. A few decades later it achieved notoriety for a very different reason, being the country’s murder capital for a while in the 80’s. It has been synonymous with … Continue reading My Olde Pal Gary

Crooked River County

American rust belt metropolises are urban nebulae of sorts. The city cores grew and expanded furiously in the 19th and early 20th centuries, fed by the heavy industries of the time. But just as stars run out of fuel, so too steel, mining, and manufacturing left these cities. In the span of a generation, population … Continue reading Crooked River County

Tbilisi, Coda

Here’s a few more pictures of Tbilisi which I didn’t quite have ready when I began posting this series. To begin with, there’s the Friendship Bridge. In an ancient city like this, a big splash of post-modernism was bound to be polarizing. Some complain that it looks too much like a woman’s sanitary pad. Though … Continue reading Tbilisi, Coda

Cliffside Baths of Tbilisi

I wasn’t expecting this trip to involve much urbex. It was the old architecture of Tbilisi as well as the beautiful countryside that drew me to Georgia. However, it quickly became apparent that this city had many interesting abandoned and derelict buildings, many of which were easily accessible. So what’s a boy to do, if … Continue reading Cliffside Baths of Tbilisi

Welcome to Pripyat

Pripyat was built concurrently with the Chernobyl power plant as a company town; it would house mostly the plant workers and their families. Today, it is the largest abandoned city in the Exclusion Zone, and the most visited by tourists. It is a rare sight to see an entire town slowly returning to nature and … Continue reading Welcome to Pripyat