March 31st, 2010

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Abandoned Places - The Lyric Building, Birmingham, AL (July 09)

This is it for pictures from the Lyric Building visit last year. I’m already planning the next walk through and a care check of areas I didn’t photograph as well or explore as thoroughly. This may be as soon as May, but no dates yet.

The 6th and 7th floors of the Lyric Building show the greatest decay. These were the floors that were exposed to the elements and animals the longest. Although the building is set with reinforced concrete floors and supports, the outer walls are masonry and interiors are wood. One of the first things the historical society that controls the building did was to replace the old and frequently broken windows with modern, triple pane windows. This helped drop the moisture level inside and reduce further damage. Some but not all..



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Turn out the lights before you go
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If you would like to assist in the restoration and recovery of The Lyric, donations can be made through their website ( http://www.lyricfineartstheatre.com/ ) and potentially through special events and activities to be announced in the near future. Folks, I’ll be posting more images (normal and comparison sets) soon.
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Likewise, if you’d like to meet the demented moderator of abandonedplaces, I’ll be co-hosting a panel discussion on abandoned place photography and exploration this Friday (April 2nd) at FroliCon (www.frolicon.com). My co-host photognome and I will be discussing the in’s and out’s, ethics, safety issues and aesthetics of abandoned places. We’ll be on from 4:15 to 5:45 in the Bermuda Room (2nd floor) of the Atlanta Airport Sheraton Hotel.