It's a rainy grey day here, Owen is home from school with a fever vegging on the couch, and our doorbell keeps phantom ringing. Seems like the perfect time to cozy up to the computer with a mug of tea and do a post on a 100-year-old abandoned building.
After leaving Railroad Park Friday, we weren't quite ready to head home, so I suggested we try to hunt down the abandoned roundhouse Scott had read about in a local forum a few months ago. After a little searching on our phones, we found this posting (by a motorcycle enthusiast of all people). I love how he sneaks his bike into almost every shot- just like a proud mommy blogger. There were no written directions other than that it was off of Finley Blvd, but he did include a satellite shot. Thanks motorcycle dude!
So we headed to the side of town where church vans get their very own razor wire mini-fences. I had the roundhouse satellite image up on my phone, and Scott had a wider view pulled up on his. After about 20 minutes of driving around, Scott eventually located a landmark on both images, and that led us to the roundhouse! It's about two blocks off Finley Blvd on Center St N - really close to Niki's West.
I had my camera in hand and my fingers on the door handle before the car was at a complete stop. Ever the voice of reason, Scott made me promise to run back to the car at the first unidentified noise I heard. Luckily, I didn't hear anything. The light inside was beautiful thanks to those high windows. I kept expecting to see an old carousel somewhere.
Don't you love the mixed message here? I tried to be respectful and not go more than a few steps through the WIDE OPEN bay door.
Though abandoned now, the roundhouse was most recently used as a warehouse, so all the lower windows and doors have been blocked up (see top R photo in last grouping) and lots of the rail and the turntable are gone. I would have loved to see this beauty in its heyday when it was servicing up to 25 steam engines at a time.
Minus all the soot of course.
So tell me the truth locals, was this a real find, or did all of you already know about it? And for you non-locals: got places like this where you are that we can explore next time we're in town?