Demolished https://urbexobsession.com/status_Demolished en Cochrane House https://urbexobsession.com/node/10 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cochrane House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:25</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=10&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="wAPb30iO1wiCEKN424TnJ2TFKKmFLEmFEmFsgK0ablE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:25:55 +0000 Mike 10 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/node/10#comments Lakewood Motel https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Lakewood_Motel <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lakewood Motel</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p><img alt="Empty sign by the highway." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d7197ab0-b860-4da0-b639-ad9d45981672" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7701.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">As we wandered about, we saw a number of interesting things, but this jumped out at us.  Unfortunately, it had jumped out to someone else as well, so we decided to continue on and stop on the way back.  On the return trip, I pulled in, grabbed my camera and set about checking the place out.</p> <p><img alt="Looking down the line of units." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4215bc2c-9d97-4207-b95a-9ca8d02fc4e6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7705.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">What little I've been able to piece together is that the Lakewood Motel was opened in 1980, but closed in 2010.  I was able to find only one online review from 2008 in which the customer seemed quite pleased.</p> <p><img alt="2010 calendar." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dd589ef4-0c3e-4fa3-ab15-2c12355fa327" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7738.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The calendars inside, and various paperwork suggested the 2010 closing date.  Google Street View images from 2012 showed the place was still in reasonable condition.  At this point, however, as you'll see from the photos, the vandals have clearly had their way with the place.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Update August 14, 2017:</strong>  The motel was completely destroyed by fire.  See attached news article for details.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">File Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/sites/default/files/2017-11/20170814_Wawa-news.com_Lakewood_Motel_Burns_Down.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=233961" title="20170814_Wawa-news.com_Lakewood_Motel_Burns_Down.pdf">August 14, 2017 - Wawa-news.com - Lakewood Motel Burns Down</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=39&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="zX2HI_kSorpkKmFAnGsur53X4td7TBYmnw7M5GIBeGs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 39 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Lakewood_Motel#comments Infant Jesus Church https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Infant_Jesus <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Infant Jesus Church</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">The presence of a Roman Catholic mission church in this location begins in 1884 with construction of the original 28' x 38' structure. This church burned down on April 1, 1948.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Largely as the result of work by Father Hamel, Archbishop Joseph Charbonneau, and Bishop Georges-Leon Landy, the current church was built and opened by the following year. As a Jesuit mission, it served the residents of Longlac as well as the First Nations communities nearby. In 1957, the people of Longlac chose to open their own parish, and in 1959 opened St. John the Baptist church.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The church was closed on May 7, 1997 as the result of serious deterioration of its structure. As of 2011, the Long Lake #58 First Nation was still attempting to acquire funding to restore the church.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The church's basement also serves as tomb of Father Joseph M. Couture, nicknamed the "Flying Priest" of Longlac. He serviced as many as 36 missions in the north by canoe and by dog-sled until arthritis in his knee set in. At that point, with permission of the Jesuit Order, Father Couture acquired a plane and learned to fly so he could continue his work. He received his pilot's license on January 27, 1936.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Near the time of his death, having been reduced to nine missions along the railway, it still took five priests to fulfill his duties. During his tenure in this area, he earned the respect of the English, French and Ojibway populations, and was named by the natives Ne'Endamishkang, "The One We Love to See Come".</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Update May 23, 2018:</strong>  The church has been destroyed by fire.  Article attached below.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I had first heard about this church from a coworker about a year ago. Another coworker passed here a month ago and took a look inside. The pictures he showed me suggested that it might not last another winter. That set the wheels in motion.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I packed up the truck with clothes, camera gear, drone and dog and set out for the distant community of Longlac, some nine hours away. I spent the night in a rather nice motel and then drove out to the church the following morning.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was raining almost non-stop that day, making it impossible to put up the drone for the aerial photos I wanted. Further, the deep gloom inside the church made all the shots completely unsatisfactory. The exteriors were ok. The dog and I spent much of the rest of the day looking around Longlac when suddenly the rain stopped. We quickly made our way back out to the church site and put the drone up. Three pictures later, the rain started again. This was not to be our day.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I decided that we would come back the next morning before the lengthy drive home.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I woke up the next morning, I was correct in my hopes. No rain. Instead, there was wall of driving, wet, snow. So much for that idea.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We still went back to the church site. I was able to get interior photos that I was at least marginally happier with. With that, the dog and I began our trip home satisfied that we'd captured this beautiful old building before it disappears forever.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-part-one.html">http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-…</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-part-two.html">http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-…</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-part.html">http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-…</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-part-four.html">http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-…</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-part-five.html">http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-…</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-final.html">http://nipigonmuseumtheblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/father-joseph-marie-couture-sj-…</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">File Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/sites/default/files/2017-12/Indian_Record_196411.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=443521" title="Indian_Record_196411.pdf">The Indian Record, November, 1964 - The Missionary the People Have Not Forgotten</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/sites/default/files/2018-05/20180523_LONGLAC_CHURCH_BURNS_TRCCTB.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=751745" title="20180523_LONGLAC_CHURCH_BURNS_TRCCTB.pdf">TRCCTB, May 23, 2018 - Longlac Church Burns</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-linked-to-trip-story field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Linked to Trip Story</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/article_Travelling_with_My_Buddy" hreflang="en">Travelling with My Buddy</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comment</h2> <a id="comment-220"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/220" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/220#comment-220" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Church burnt to the ground </a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alan (not verified)</span> on Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:14</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-05-24T02:14:22+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1527170490"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I am very sad to report the church burnt this evening. It is truly a sad day for our community. The sunsets will never be the same</p> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=220&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="2CLIMMWw7XHSfNVpOD08w9SmE51B3pYmdAX8rYnslKY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <a id="comment-222"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/222" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/222#comment-222" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Church of Infant Jesus, Long Lac</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">BWalchuk (not verified)</span> on Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:54</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-05-24T13:54:50+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1527170472"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Destroyed by fire 23 May 2018</p> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=222&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="g4WBO7p-tuWiMiPXJyNlCWIZ5Wkhw_GdRLN4Ti6swT0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=126&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Jj2nq-Yj-luod29DInRRz0QCKwv5cy17HqWV04bQiWM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 126 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Infant_Jesus#comments Observatory House https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Observatory_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Observatory House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 11/24/2012 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">From what I've been able to piece together, this building was originally constructed as a dedicated observatory for the Canadian Astronomical Research Group in 1976. The equipment, apparently including a 24" telescope, was removed in 1997, and the building converted into a private home.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><small><i>Source: Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Newsletter, Vol. 71, p.L7</i></small></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE:</b> This location was demolished sometime between this visit and June, 2013.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Imagine having a house with a two-car garage, 2 bedrooms plus a master bedroom, a jacuzzi tub with heat lamp, large dining room, large living room with hardwood floors and a commanding view from a hilltop. Now, imagine that you can walk up a curving staircase to your own observatory dome.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">For some reason, these people had that and walked away...</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=521&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="vd8VrCZO9OfrlvTO4uJgw_NqHFrBSxgReZRuM2jEGKY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 521 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Observatory_House#comments Greystone Park Psychiatric https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Greystone_Park <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Greystone Park Psychiatric</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">As a result of the constant lobbying and persistence of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Dix" target="_blank">Dorothea Lynde Dix</a>, a nurse advocating for better care of the mentally ill, the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum was opened on August 18, 1876. A tract of land, 743 acres in size, was purchased in 1871 and 1872, and construction began on the new 673,706 square foot facility.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Designed for a maximum of 600 patients, it was alleged to have held the record for largest continuous foundation up until completion of the Pentagon in 1943. The layout of the building utilized the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkbride_Plan" target="_blank">Kirkbride Plan</a>, and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Story_Kirkbride" target="_blank">Thomas Kirkbride</a> himself was involved in the construction. Each ward was to have 20 patients, and featured a dining room, exercise room and parlor. Most wards had wool rugs that ran their entire length. Victorian stuffed furniture, pianos, curtains, and fresh flowers further added to the pleasant, restful environment that Kirkbride envisioned for the patients. Wards for more difficult patients, however, were less lavishly appointed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When it opened, 292 patients were transferred from the overcrowded hospital in Trenton, NJ. Within 4 years, however, the number of patients swelled to around 800. In 1887, exercise rooms and attics were converted to create additional rooms. In 1901, a Dormitory Building was constructed, and the dining rooms on each floor were also converted for additional bed space.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">By 1914, despite having expanded its capacity to 1,600, the number of patients actually exceeded 2,412.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1924, the facility was renamed Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. Three years later, the Curry Building was constructed to handle administration and reception, freeing up space in the centre section for more beds. The population reached its peak by 1953 with a staggering 7,674 patients, largely as a result of post-traumatic stress disorders stemming from World War II.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">With the advent of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorazine" target="_blank">Thorazine</a> and the concept of deinstitutionalizing patients, numbers finally began to wane by the 1970's. In 1975, the Clinic Building was closed, and the following year saw closure of the Curry Building. All patients had been removed from the Kirkbride main building by 1988, and the Dormitory Building was closed in 1992.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Stories of sexual assaults, suicides, patient pregnancy, and the escape of a twice-convicted rapist are largely credited along with the age of the building as the reasons for its final closure by 2003.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE October 16, 2015:</b> Demolition of the main building has been completed.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/50FM_ZsBspg?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gw2IXw2Bwlo?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=358&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="TbksAA5s3_t4Mi-rcn0e30YGPjEwbDEM-x2u3926eXg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 358 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Greystone_Park#comments Strickland House https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Strickland_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Strickland House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/04/2011 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">The last of five houses I explored on this really fun trip around the Cochrane and Kapuskasing area. I'm sure I'll be back as it was clearly fertile hunting grounds.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">This place looked to be used as a clearing house for lots of used items. Perhaps some kind of flea market, or other such place. This also marks the first abandoned house I've been in where even I won't try the stairs.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE: </b>This location has been demolished some time between my visit and July, 2014.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=547&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="eA30Rl3Usp1nAE-VNg0liaSKJFkN5moIG2Hd_cteCSA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 04 Jul 2011 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 547 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Strickland_House#comments Panda House https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Panda_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Panda House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Continuing on with my Saturday afternoon tour, I noted this place by the side of the road, set high on a hill with a stunning view of a lake. While the property itself was likely still being used, the house appears to have been left vacant for quite some time.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I got inside, I was happily surprised with the find. There were so many interesting things to see in here, but what stood out most was that several stuffed bears had been left behind.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE:</b> This house was demolished sometime between this visit and May, 2014.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=703&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="m9aL657q8djgj7c6qOO4wop1uBgQ9PppR9oCoG_hkJU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 11 May 2011 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 703 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Panda_House#comments Regal Constellation Hotel https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Regal_Constellation <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Regal Constellation Hotel</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/04/2011 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The Regal Constellation Hotel is a 15-floor, 710-room hotel originally constructed in 1962. It featured a Chinese restaurant, and 90,000 square feet of convention space. In addition, a north wing, and east wing still exist, expanding the site significantly from its original size. Most recently, it had been renovated in 2001. It closed in July, 2004.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Declining business, and the SARS epidemic were blamed for its closure. A few attempts have been made to revitalize the business, but nothing panned out.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 2007 a construction and demolition company removed some of the complex, including the parking garage, but three large buildings, and the joining section still remain as of this date. It doesn't appears there's much additional activity, so it's uncertain what will happen.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Interestingly, several online travel sites continue to list the Regal Constellation as available for reservation. One indicates the hotel featured an airport shuttle, restaurant, laundry service, babysitting service, beauty salon, business and conference centre, fitness facilities, game room, pool, valet parking and gift shop. The price range is indicated as between $135.00 and $280.00.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE April 25, 2011:</b><br /><br /> According to the Globe and Mail, (article attached) Terrasan Environmental, the company that was doing the demolition and cleanup of the Regal Constellation site, has declared bankruptcy. Among several interesting things mentioned in the article, it is noted that the hotel owners who had contracted Terrasan went bankrupt themselves, owing the company $350,000. Currently Terrasan Environmental states that it has expenses in excess of $9.5 million and assets totaling only $27.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE December, 2011: </b>Demolition has been completed. The hotel is no more.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">We arrived at the location of our first exploration for 2011 full of energy and anticipation. We left tired and ready to go home. Yet we'll have to go back because, despite the length of our visit, we didn't have time to explore the east wing.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">You could tell that this must really have been incredible in its day. The lobby alone was enough to give you an amazing impression. I'm not sure who would have stayed in the old west tower in its later years of operation, however, as the rooms seemed so small and very retro.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The effort of so many flights of stairs was worth it to see the incredible view off the roof. All in all, an epic way to start the season!</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">File Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/sites/default/files/2017-12/20110425_Regal_Constellation_0.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=89889" title="20110425_Regal_Constellation_0.pdf">Globe and Mail - April 25, 2011 - Terrasan Environmental Bankruptcy</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zW4YnoTMYRA?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LISpJRZGzS0?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=404&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="rChp-4PLtJ9jFLvJEMl-ulu4XMsGXH0dHY5J43YBuhI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 404 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Regal_Constellation#comments Warren House 2 https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Warren_House_2 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Warren House 2</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/22/2010 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">This is another one of those places you pass by countless times before really noticing that it's there. Then, when you do, you see it each and every time.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On this particular Sunday afternoon, I finally decided to stop and take a look. The back corner is severely undercut with little support, and I suspect it won't be long until it gives way. The floors are becoming pretty dicey in places, particularly upstairs, but if you watch your feet and stay close to the walls, it isn't too bad.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">All in all, kind of a fun place to check out. I'm glad I did.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=775&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="XGrA7N7J7elyJo7GLwArX6t7xBSeLNosGL8H1XOYN98"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 775 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Warren_House_2#comments French River House https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_French_River_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">French River House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 09/19/2010 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">For untold years, countless people have driven past this place, and like myself, I sincerely doubt they ever knew the place existed. Surrounded by trees up until a very short time ago, it was very well camouflaged and hidden from the ceaseless traffic on the highway below it. Now, the trees are gone as plans to widen the highway into 4 lanes continues, and the clock ticks on measuring out the last days of someone's tiny former home.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE May 14, 2013:</b> During a drive-by today I noticed this structure has been demolished, presumably to make way for the four-laning of Highway 69.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=773&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="ip8SUYpupL5ettouNSKHFl7C5f4THyQCYhWsCppGY3c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 773 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_French_River_House#comments