A complex of over 60 buildings, Beelitz-Heilstatten began life as a sanatorium in 1898. By World War I, however, it became a military hospital for the Imperial German Army, and would have the dubious distinction of treating a young Adolph Hitler in October and November of 1916 when wounded during the Battle of the Somme.
A location that has been repurposed has been renovated or in some way been altered to another task since the time of my original exploration.
Another place that I've driven past so many times, yet failed to notice. I really should get my eyes checked.
This place just kept giving. Initially, I thought there was just the house with it caved in roof. After that, I spotted another building, and then another, and then more. Lots of exploring fun. I love places like that.
RCAF Rivers was opened in May, 1942 as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Through this plan, over 130,000 airmen and women would be trained from the various countries of the British Commonwealth to take part in the war.
The buildings on this 136-acre property were first constructed in 1973 by Sklar Furniture. Later, it would be taken over by G.W. Martin and expanded. Tembec would eventually take over Martin's operations here, and the number of jobs would, at one point, peak at 500.
Belding Smith and Company began business in 1876 and was incorporated in 1877. In 1883, this textile factory was first built, and expanded over the years. By 1920, the company was renamed Belding Corticelli Ltd.
During World War II, the company produced socks for soldiers, parachute rigging, suture thread, and thread for badges and insignias. After the war, they produced elastic bands, cords, ropes, belt fabrics, and laces.
When I first saw this place, I didn't think it could possibly be abandoned. I mean, c'mon... people live in far worse than this place appeared from the outside. And yet, here it was, empty and beckoning for me to go have a look.
UPDATE October 15, 2011: It appears as though someone has now renovated and moved in. I'm glad this place will get a new lease on life.
Constructed in 1929, this structure stands over 100 feet high, and had a capacity of 228,000 bushels of grain. The facility closed in 1993.
Currently a business appears to be operating in part of the building working on boats.
We weren't actually able to get a look inside this place, although I understand it has been done. One side of the property is part of a marina, while the other side is a public park. We were also surprised by a bat in broad daylight.
This was intended to allow TTC streetcars to run the length of Queen Street, but keep them underground, thereby reducing traffic. It was to run from Trinity Park in the west to Carlaw Avenue in the east.
Digging was already being done for the Queen Subway Station on the Yonge line, so it was decided to excavate the intended streetcar station at the same time.