Demolished

Cochrane House

The third house of our expedition was an interesting little place. At first we were a little disappointed as the downstairs didn't really yield much to look at. A basic, gutted area with nothing to write home about. The upstairs, however, got our attention with some considerably more interesting finds to poke through.

Lakewood Motel

While camping at an Ontario Provincial Park, we decided, as we often do, to take a drive and explore the surroundings beyond the park.  On this particular day, the weather was being a little uncooperative, so we didn't mind spending the time in the truck.

Empty sign by the highway.

Harmony House

This place gives you the creeps pretty much the moment you walk in. Perhaps it's the fact that the beds are made, or that everything looks very lived-in. Perhaps it's the number of personal belongings scattered everywhere that you can't imagine anyone leaving without. Perhaps it's something else.

Millbrook Correctional Centre

History: 

Opened in 1957, Millbrook Correctional Centre became the Ontario Government's only maximum security facility. It would also see a significant amount of trouble during its 46 years of service.

On April 18, 2000, a Vietnamese immigration prisoner died in custody under what was called suspicious circumstances after allegedly being beaten by guards. This incident would then spark a hunger strike.

Lockport Generating Station

History: 

I have been able to determine that this was once a generating station for a paper mill on the opposite side of the street. It opened in the 1920's, and remained in operation for about 40 years. In 2010, the property was purchased by an investor who sees opportunity for the location.

As of July, 2014, the EPA was helping to oversee the eventual demolition of this building because of its asbestos content and growing instability.

Flintkote Factory

This site began life in the 1880's as a paper plant belonging to the Lockport Paper Company. In 1928, Flintkote, an asbestos company, bought out the property and began manufacturing felt for use in automobiles.

In 1971, the plant caught fire, and would soon after become abandoned.

Several other companies would make use of the property in years afterward. Eventually, in 1999, the county foreclosed on the property for back taxes, and promptly discovered how contaminated the site actually was.