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    Originally posted by SaintsFCFan View Post
    Thank you very much Seagull. Ah! Yes, the tunnels, we're now gathering a large amount of information about them now. When I get more information I'll update as I go.
    This is a curious building I'm now showing you, it has had many incarnations, lastly it was DN21 Nightclub - Slice Of Heaven Nightclub - Kristies Nighclub - Trent's Nightclub - CO-OP, but firsly it was the old Customs House. This building was why the rum smugglers did their thing, now it has been abandoned for the last year at the owners great cost.
    If I ever end up living in your corner of the world, I want to refurbish this one and make it into a wonderful studio/loft/shop/home.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      An abandoned house near Fikkan, in Nærøy, taken a few days ago:

      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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        Kjølelagret in Trondheim, a frozen fish storage house, is now just about history:

        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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          Is it just me, or does anyone else just hate see old buildings come down. To me it is as if they have earned their right to exist by just being there all those years. People will come and go, live and die, but some buildings cover your entire life span. They are a part of life itself.
          I think I'm a sentimental old fool really!
          Infamy, Infamy.... They've got it in for me! Said The Laughing Assassin.

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            I have mixed feeling when I see buildings being torn down: sometimes, I feel like I have a connection with a building, even though I've never been inside, but I do remember them from my childhood.

            I do understand that evolution is needed and that new exiting buildings needs to come up: old buildings must come down so that new exiting architecture can be built.

            But it is sad, as you say, because there are so many stories to old buildings also: they were, like abandoned cars or boats, also brand new and high tech once a long time ago.

            Then, I find it interesting to see the details when the building gets demolished. Seeing the details and things we never saw before.

            But I also get very disappointed when an old building has been torn down, only to be replaced by a below average new building. I like new exiting materials, exiting architecture and modern design: whilst still retaining the overall atmosphere of the adjacent older buildings.
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
              I have mixed feeling when I see buildings being torn down: sometimes, I feel like I have a connection with a building, even though I've never been inside, but I do remember them from my childhood.

              I do understand that evolution is needed and that new exiting buildings needs to come up: old buildings must come down so that new exiting architecture can be built.

              But it is sad, as you say, because there are so many stories to old buildings also: they were, like abandoned cars or boats, also brand new and high tech once a long time ago.

              Then, I find it interesting to see the details when the building gets demolished. Seeing the details and things we never saw before.

              But I also get very disappointed when an old building has been torn down, only to be replaced by a below average new building. I like new exiting materials, exiting architecture and modern design: whilst still retaining the overall atmosphere of the adjacent older buildings.
              Some years back I sat in an office in Shekou, China, waiting for somebody, or something, and watching what looked like a fairly modern building next door being demolished.
              Out of idle boredom I asked the Receptionist why they were tearing down what appeared to be a perfectly functional office block.
              "Why(???), it is over 25 years old" she said. "Oh, and how old are you?" I asked. I just got a blank look back.

              The morale of the story? Don't try to make a joke (or sarcastic remark) in China. It would not register anyhow.

              Besides, at the rapid development of Shenzhen Economic Zone 25 years old buildings are likely to be obsolete and probably shoddily built.

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                One of the things I do miss about Bangkok is keeping an eye on all the new developments and the rejuvenation of the old city.

                There is always something going on in Bangkok: old buildings disappear and new ones being constructed.

                I bet I won't recognize the city when I one day return.
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                  This one was interesting, it's been sat along our riverside wharf's for centuries. Inside it's not safe to do anything in, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
                  Not a place for playing around in, somewhere near the backwall is the stairwell to the 2nd & 3rd floors. the only reason you can see this much is because of the camera flash. I will find some photos of the outside and pt 'em up!

                  Infamy, Infamy.... They've got it in for me! Said The Laughing Assassin.

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                    Originally posted by SaintsFCFan View Post
                    This one was interesting, it's been sat along our riverside wharf's for centuries. Inside it's not safe to do anything in, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
                    Not a place for playing around in, somewhere near the backwall is the stairwell to the 2nd & 3rd floors. the only reason you can see this much is because of the camera flash. I will find some photos of the outside and pt 'em up!
                    I love finding buildings like these... study their details, way of building and architecture... and off course, traces of their long life.
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                      This is the photos of the outside of old Furley's Wharf Building. When I can get a new more powerful flash light I'll be going in again. I just hope the floors are stable and there's no surprises.

                      The bulk of old Furley's.


                      From the roadside.


                      From the unguarded entrance, and the old flood wall now obsolete.


                      The old 150 year old hoist, which apparently someone hung themselves from 3 years ago.


                      This is how I got in, and that's all the light there is apart from the camera flash.


                      This is lit up with the camera flash, still can't see much.
                      Last edited by SaintsFCFan; March 6th, 2010, 01:03.
                      Infamy, Infamy.... They've got it in for me! Said The Laughing Assassin.

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                        Furley's Wharf Building:
                        What's with this building..., has the community decided that this is worth taking care of/saving? Do someone have plans to further use? And from the way it looks: why is it not demolished?
                        (If you haven't thought about it: this is very important work you are doing in taking these pictures. By doing so, this building will be documented for all times...., and by the way; did you feel anyone watched you when inside? (I see an eye in your picture there).
                        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                          You know Sterkoder... I haven't a clue why they haven't demolished this old wharf building. It's been sitting here in this state for decades, but all the other buildingsd belonging to the wharf's have either been burnt down under suspicious circumstances or saved and re-modelled in to apartments. Yep! There was one person just out of sight, but I've known him for many years and it was him that told me of the person hanging themselves. And yes, also a lot of people are angry at our heritage being taken away by greedy individuals from the council that don't even have a connection to the town.

                          Funny enough I belong to an amateur preservation group who document everything that's either gone or is still there. Have a look at our pages on FlickR Sterkoder, you might find it very interesting about how we were and how we are now.
                          Our Town Photos
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                            Why do abandoned buildings around me in North Carolina, USA look like junk but abandonded buildings from other parts of the world are so interesting?

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                              probbaly because the graffityartists claim the buildings,and the buildings looses her nice old look and became a reuine??.
                              and those motherf...ers are proud of/to what they have don to that static old building
                              best regards Thijs

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                                Old buildings

                                I was talking with SaintsFCFan on the thread "Old photographs, what do you do with them" and it led to a mutual outburst about the '60's madness of replacing lovely old buildings by modern monstrosities. I'm posting a copy here of something I wrote on that thread because it's very relevant and, I hope, of interest:

                                "But what may be of interest to you is that in my small town we have a Town Recorder. He gets expenses paid by the Town Council but his work is otherwise voluntary. He records photographically what is changing in the town, a building about to be demolished, altered with a change of use, new ones built, new roads, the day the last train ran on our local line and then the subsequent building of the by-pass along the same route. He has a wonderful store of before and after photos which are often mounted in exhibitions, several in the local library with donations going to the museum, of which I am assistant curator and a trustee. These exhibitions are immensely popular, with a constant buzz of conversation from visitors: "Oh look, I'd forgotten all about that", "Well, well, it's interesting to see it as it was then" and similar comments.
                                If there was any scaffolding round a building then sooner or later you'd see Frank scrambling up so as to get rooftop views and close-ups of interesting construction detail barely visible from the ground. He would often show me something and ask "Where's that, then?" And I usually had to admit that I just didn't recognise it from that angle.
                                Frank has now handed over to someone else who regretfully lives in another town, so will not be on the spot to notice what is going on, rush out and photograph it before it's too late. And with Health and Safety Regs. there's an end to scaffolding excursions, anyway. But it is an invaluable work."

                                I'd also add that until very recently when I resigned from it (pressure of other interests and something had to go!) I was part of a group that I set up many years ago as part of our local town amenity society, whose aim was to photograph and record by brief notes the evidence of original construction found within and without some of our buildings. We were interested only in buildings going back several hundred years, particularly the pre-1688 great fire. Cellars and attics were usually the most fruitful. This was a fascinating exercise, with owners of both private and commercial properties delighted and very helpful. The enthusiasm we had from the shops and banks surprised me particularly as being quite unexpected. We ended up giving illustrated talks to the society each year on what we had found.
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