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robklurfield
10-15-2010, 19:45
I've been passing this grand mansion at a great distance for many years. Finally, this week, I got close enough to record some images for posterity before it either turns to dust or meets some other sad demise.

This 30-room mansion was designed by Stanford White (of McKim, Mead & White) and built atop the foundation of a pre-existing dwelling at the same site in about 1902-03. The house been neglected since 1981. The estate is currently for sale. Preservationists have recently tried to rekindle interest in saving the house.

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robklurfield
10-15-2010, 19:45
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robklurfield
10-15-2010, 19:46
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robklurfield
10-15-2010, 19:47
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robklurfield
10-15-2010, 19:48
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axiom
10-16-2010, 04:44
were you able to successfully sneak in?
Did you find any hidden basement and hidden passage?
That's exciting, I want to join you.
You may find a chest of gold buried somewhere (or a body)!

Pickett Wilson
10-16-2010, 04:55
I hate to see these fine old homes simply left to decay. Must have been quite a structure in its day.

lynnb
10-16-2010, 05:51
definitely NOT a grand old house... derelict house in the Gold Coast hinterland, Queensland, Australia
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5085766309_02e7fcdb3e_o.jpg

lynnb
10-16-2010, 05:54
PS Rob, that's a wonderful grand old house. We have few such treasures here in Oz.

Jack Conrad
10-16-2010, 05:57
Yeah man, I'd love to snoop around that mansion all day long.

I have no idea why, but I just love grand ruins.

Excellent photo's, Rob. Glad you didn't get ravaged for trespassing by some wild eyed house guest in a corset and nightgown.

There looks to be a female face peering through one of the windows...

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 06:16
I don't do that. If there's a "trespassing sign," is there is the front door of this place, I don't trespass. Also, this home is such disrepair that I think it's dangerous. Call me a wimp if you like. But, I simply don't trespass. I do pictures from a safe remove and I will get as close as I can without crossing the line, but I do abide the law.

One of my great worries here is attracting dummies to places like this who think they can do as they please, committing acts of vandalism. I know of one former estate like this that was burned to the ground, probably unintentionally -- but does intent really matter, by some vandals. I would hate to see that happen here.

This home happens to be bordered by a National Park on one side and locally-owned public land on another.

I DO NOT encourage or condone trespassing.


were you able to successfully sneak in?
Did you find any hidden basement and hidden passage?
That's exciting, I want to join you.
You may find a chest of gold buried somewhere (or a body)!

Jack Conrad
10-16-2010, 06:52
Sorry Rob, I didn't mean it to appear as if I were accusing you of doing anything illegal. It was just intended as a Halloween spoof.

Excellent thread. I hope I haven't somehow derailed it.

"Oh wait... It wasn't me you were referring to. Oops! "

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 06:56
The problem is that the town and county already did the same with the property next door to this one with intent of restoring it. That project has run into both political and financial difficulties. Here's some shots of that estate.

From a distance it looks nice...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2580/3926837102_c3d2c18d5a_b.jpg

But up close, you can see that ravages of tme and neglect...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2558/3927838336_ebd4a36c2f_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3527/3926858812_f7a86872aa_b.jpg

Sounds like the town/county should pick up that property and restore it as a preserve with a location like that... Too bad Jersey's broke.

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 06:59
This second home at one time had magnificent grounds, but the last owner foolishly subdivided the estate, deeding the gardens to the other property.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2465/3926243379_e576c299f8_b.jpg

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 07:00
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robklurfield
10-16-2010, 07:01
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robklurfield
10-16-2010, 07:08
To answer everyone's questions:

No, I did not see any ghosts.

No, I did not go into any underground tunnels.

Yes,I did find the buried gold and will be going back tomorrow with my carriage pulled by six white horses to haul it to my castle.

Yes, I will report the gold to the IRS as income.

Yes, there are werewolves in the forest behind the house.

Yes, I was bitten by one of the werewolves. This should explain my rather hirsute appearance.

I got it that both of you guys were spoofing me and I am not the least bit bothered by it. However, there is a very real risk of people getting the wrong idea and thinking it's okay to trespass at will. Some of these same folks do perfectly idiotic things like spraying painting graffiti and making bonfires at properties like this.

I'm far too old to be calling my parents to bail me out of the hoosegow for adolescent indiscretions and I'm not quite sure my wife or kids would think twice about letting me spend a night behind bars. And who could blame them.;)



Sorry Rob, I didn't mean it to appear as if I were accusing you of doing anything illegal. It was just intended as a Halloween spoof.

Excellent thread. I hope I haven't somehow derailed it.

"Oh wait... It wasn't me you were referring to. Oops! "

elmer3.5
10-16-2010, 11:21
Hi, got these pasta september.

By the way beautiful places to wander, i´m about to go shooting into an old brewery near my job, hope get permissions soon!

Nice thread, hope it will get lots of shots!

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/5086646064_d1eb2a3bba_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5086049015_b252b2cd3f_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4106/5086048437_0f4bc01e7a_z.jpg

Taken with my M8 and zeiss biogon 28mm.

Bye!

Mael
10-16-2010, 11:42
This is a castle that is registered as "historic moument" and obviously deserves to be preserved. Unfortunately, since the eightlies, this neo-classic castle (the plans were drawn by Viollet Le Duc, a renowned french 19th century architect) is gently but surely becoming a ruin. Anyone rich gentleman to buy it and save it before it is too late ? (more pictures if you like, tell me)

http://www.photo-technique.com/galeries/Dunouveaudjvieux/chateaudebagnac2008.jpg

http://www.photo-technique.com/galeries/Dunouveaudjvieux/bagnacetlanuitamricaine.jpg

jamesdfloyd
10-16-2010, 11:55
Mael,

Travail excellent. J'ai épargné votre site Web dans mes préférés. Où est-ceci le château*?
J'ai épargné plusieurs sites Web du membre dans mes préférés.

J.D.

jamesdfloyd
10-16-2010, 11:58
Rob,

As a fellow NJ resident, I would be interested in knowing where this house is. Who did you speak with about gaining access to the property? I am always looking to shoot local images.

J.D.

Thebes
10-16-2010, 12:00
I hate to see these fine old homes simply left to decay. Must have been quite a structure in its day.

I love them. They serve as a reminder that regardless of a thing's grandeur today, that "this too shall pass".

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 12:14
what was this edifice? your images are beautiful.

Hi, got these pasta september.

By the way beautiful places to wander, i´m about to go shooting into an old brewery near my job, hope get permissions soon!

Nice thread, hope it will get lots of shots!

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/5086646064_d1eb2a3bba_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5086049015_b252b2cd3f_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4106/5086048437_0f4bc01e7a_z.jpg

Taken with my M8 and zeiss biogon 28mm.

Bye!

lewis44
10-16-2010, 12:18
Stairs, Sutro Bath. San Francisco, Ca.
M8, 50mm CV Nokton

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/5087283974_9012b7f68b_b.jpg

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 12:20
randy great image. do you have more from the baths? such an intriguing place.

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 12:22
http://www.preservationnj.org/site/ExpEng/index.php?/ten_most/
(http://www.preservationnj.org/site/ExpEng/index.php?/ten_most/)

elmer3.5
10-16-2010, 13:35
what was this edifice? your images are beautiful.

Hi Rob, thanks!

This is Chichén Itza in Yucatan penninsula, Mexico. This is now considered one of the 8th wonder (or don´t know what number) of the world.
After being so you can´t go walking into the buildings.

The first shot is the observatory, Mayans used to map the skies and up in the terrace there are some stones with concave holes that were filled with water in order to be able to look ant the sun without getting blind.
The other buildings can´t say for sure, but always for clergy and aristocracy (as usual).

Bye

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Roger Hicks
10-16-2010, 13:59
Rhodes (Toho 4x5 + 120 Angulon) and Spain (M8 + 15/4.5 Voigtländer), from 'Change and Decay', http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20change%20and%20decay%201.html

Cheers,

R.

gb hill
10-16-2010, 15:03
Sounds like the town/county should pick up that property and restore it as a preserve with a location like that... Too bad Jersey's broke.
Hey! Jersey has a good Governor now plus they have the cake boss, they gotta rebound!:D

gb hill
10-16-2010, 15:06
Rob, you seem to have a photograph for everything!:D Keep em coming!!:)

lewis44
10-16-2010, 15:11
randy great image. do you have more from the baths? such an intriguing place.
Rob,
Here is a shot that covers most of what's left of the Baths. You can see the stairs in the upper left.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/5087719492_0f136eacbe_b.jpg

gb hill
10-16-2010, 15:21
Old roundhouse in Greensboro N.C.for Norfolk Southern Railroad now demolished.http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3042/3036377393_f99811c8e4.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbhill59/3036377393/)

jamesdfloyd
10-16-2010, 16:06
Judge's Shack, Island State Park, NJ

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 17:13
great images everyone.

Roger, I like the fading fresco in the image from Spain.
Carlos, your shot in very captivating to me. Where was it taken?
elmer3.5, that head on the ground is very reminiscent of a gargoyle head in terra cotta that I have in my yard and that we believe was rescued during a renovation of the Woolworth Building in NYC.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/5088004154_8f9fa8326e_b.jpg

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 17:18
Randy, thanks. I was there once maybe 26 years ago.

Rob,
Here is a shot that covers most of what's left of the Baths. You can see the stairs in the upper left.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/5087719492_0f136eacbe_b.jpg

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 17:18
JD, where in the park is this?

Judge's Shack, Island State Park, NJ

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 19:10
West side of Manhattan in the early 1980's. A pier along the Hudson being demolished.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4126/5088201426_6919d2197d_b.jpg

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 19:11
Looking south towards the World Trade Center through the partly-demolished wall of a marine terminal on the Westside piers.http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/5088201966_a2463c4904_b.jpg

johnny9fingers
10-16-2010, 21:29
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4736540910_0e7065c7ba_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/j9fingers/4736540910/) Canal Park Duluth Mn2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/j9fingers/4736540910/) by j9fminor (http://www.flickr.com/people/j9fingers/), on Flickr

robklurfield
10-16-2010, 21:37
9fingers, nice timing to catch a rainbow.

johnny9fingers
10-16-2010, 21:52
Yup, I got lucky all around. Went out to grab a few shots, got to a sheltered area and the rain poured down. A few minutes later it stopped and the early evening sun put the rainbow just where I needed it.
John

gb hill
10-16-2010, 22:02
Nice shot Johnny 9 fingers!

Kier
10-18-2010, 04:41
The old Parcel Force building that looms over Temple Meads train station, and also the Bristol Wood Recycling Project where I volunteer.
It's just so huge and empty, and creates a pretty good echo when we start using tools!

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/5020848458_7bd20fd45b_z.jpg

Sparrow
11-14-2010, 10:19
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3443/3943218533_11bf9ef8d7_b.jpg

michaelshane
11-14-2010, 14:20
This was a neighborhood grocery store.I bought milk,bread,and stuff for my parents about 1958.It was two blocks from our house.This was taken a few years ago.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/5176111556_9c3758d3da_z.jpg

michaelshane
11-14-2010, 14:21
This is how it looks today.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/5175515321_a95d5fecfc_z.jpg

photony texas
11-14-2010, 16:16
Haunted

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/25693/U25693I1281399328.SEQ.0.jpg

robklurfield
11-14-2010, 16:23
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robklurfield
11-14-2010, 16:23
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robklurfield
11-14-2010, 16:24
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robklurfield
11-14-2010, 16:25
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robklurfield
11-14-2010, 16:25
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5176275531_26e3d19115_b.jpg

robklurfield
11-14-2010, 16:28
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/5176879620_96e6af2a1b_b.jpg

all of these shots at Summerhill Park, Madison, New Jersey, the site of a now-gone gilded era mansion. these ruins were the greenhouses at the back of the estate. Madison is still known as "the Rose City." in the period of the 1870's through the early 20th century, Madison was the rose-growing capital of the US.

hteasley
11-14-2010, 16:32
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/8424/L1023852.jpg

hteasley
11-14-2010, 16:33
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/8424/L1023847.jpg

gshybrid
11-14-2010, 19:58
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2629/4087858572_f70db7dd11_b.jpg

mankamen
11-14-2010, 20:15
My contribution:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mankamen/4425603377/in/set-72157623088101903/
82654

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mankamen/4425603377/in/set-72157623088101903/Taken from an abandoned house in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sorry for the small size thumbnails. I don't know how to link it from my flickr account. Can anybody help?

The URL is http://www.flickr.com/photos/mankamen/4425603377/in/set-72157623088101903/

Thanks

gshybrid
11-14-2010, 20:34
My contribution:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mankamen/4425603377/in/set-72157623088101903/
82654

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mankamen/4425603377/in/set-72157623088101903/Taken from an abandoned house in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sorry for the small size thumbnails. I don't know how to link it from my flickr account. Can anybody help?

The URL is http://www.flickr.com/photos/mankamen/4425603377/in/set-72157623088101903/

Thanks




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f16sunshine
11-14-2010, 21:07
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f16sunshine
11-14-2010, 21:07
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f16sunshine
11-14-2010, 21:09
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yolk
11-16-2010, 11:05
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MV72
11-17-2010, 00:13
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_UHvr7XKgQg8/TOOODaERYwI/AAAAAAAABhc/b4q3uvHS_vs/D%C3%A9molition-th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre-1-copie.jpg

Theatre in Le Mans being pulled down last winter.
Retina 1

mankamen
12-24-2010, 00:12
I think I finally got it...


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4425603377_07872010ed.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mankamen/4425603377/)
House of Mosquitoes - The Stairs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mankamen/4425603377/) by mankamen et ella (http://www.flickr.com/people/mankamen/), on Flickr

Brian Legge
12-24-2010, 00:41
I've only done one good exploration shoot like this. I took the pictures back when details interested me more than scenes.

It is honestly bizarre looking back at these shots now. I photographed the location with a friend who was much more about big picture elements. I think I've adopted much more of her style since then.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3444/3389475600_fafe85c31d_z.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannelbrae/3389475600/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3603/3388658705_25c77b91f1_z.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannelbrae/3388658705/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3537/3388660487_2ac59e7b62_z.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannelbrae/3388660487/

gekopaca
12-24-2010, 01:09
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/4843405440_11397b0bf9_b.jpg
Chabrolières, Ardèche, France

gekopaca
12-24-2010, 01:09
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1241/5106537101_a18f6af2bf_b.jpg
l'aqueduc de Fontvieille, France

gekopaca
12-24-2010, 01:16
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5084/5244647400_cea2a23d3f_b.jpg
Porto, Portugal

chris000
12-24-2010, 05:52
Old Lead Mine, Cwmystwyth, Wales

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14229/U14229I1293200352.SEQ.0.jpg

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14229/U14229I1293200349.SEQ.0.jpg

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/14229/U14229I1293200345.SEQ.0.jpg

Gabriel M.A.
02-17-2011, 07:53
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2535/4009967291_51ca156314_z.jpg?zz=1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabrielma/4009967291/)
The Acropolis (w/Squishy Cow)...in Athens. Not Georgia.

Melancholy
03-02-2011, 10:00
Hasselblad, Tmax100
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4804318217_902fdbbe7c_z.jpg

MV72
03-13-2011, 04:55
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/26539/U26539I1299252729.SEQ.0.jpg

Chinasaur
05-02-2011, 18:15
http://homepage.mac.com/chinasaur/webpics/rustondockruins.jpg