Awesome, I’ve been waiting for someone to find this. I did it back in the fall and placed it in an upper level room of the main hospital building where it stayed from November until May. When I came back in may I moved it downstairs.
Super happy about this
My buddy Alex climbing up a ladder in an abandoned distillery complex. This particular building was used to generate power I believe. It was so dark that I couldn’t see the ladder when I was standing 2 feet in front of it. I climbed it but was too anxious to step from the ladder to the platform above.
A photo of the front of the central portion of the main hospital building following the latest fire (4/15/12)
From what I’ve gather funding for the demolition of Henryton was set aside at last minute in the 2013 budget, meaning this place will probably be gone soon. Had this last fire not occurred the fire marshall would have had less influence on the budget and the money would likely have been used for other purposes, so thanks to whoever set it, nice job further ruining this place for everyone else.
Taken on 5/11/12 by Zack Kircher
The Buckner Building, Whittier, Alaska By Christopher Paul Williams on Flickr.
Once the largest building in Alaska but was seriously damaged in the 9.2 1964 Alaska earthquake. It is now just a large, abandoned government building. Two factors combine to make safe demolition of the building cost-prohibitive: First, there is a potentially dangerous amount of asbestos in the building. Second, the only land-route in and out of Whittier is through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, so debris would either have to go through the tunnel or be moved on ships. The building is a local hang out for kids, and is often explored by tourists. The safety of the building is marginal, due to the asbestos and questionable structural integrity. Bears are often found inside the building in the spring, and it is full of ice and precariously dangling pipes, wires, and substructure. The floors are almost completely flooded, with at least one inch or more of water on each level. There are concrete staircases in the building. One is located near the garage and the others are in the middle of the structure. There are also fire exits on both sides, visible to the whole town. The stairwell leading to the basement is in total darkness and at the bottom of the stairwell is “The Door”. Through the door is the basement which, although caved in, is still accessible.
I really really really wanna go back here. The parts I saw were pretty awesome.
Another Buckner Building shot. SO MUCH of that building was damp. Usually if the floor wasn’t flooded it was covered in moss. Madi and Lauren wouldn’t explore very far in with us so it was just me and Lucas wandering around the creepy, damp, dark hallways.
Lucas in the jail in Whittier Alaska’s abandoned Buckner Building