Tip Top Cereal Company – abandoned

There haven’t been many abandoned building in my life this year. The few I have gotten have been pretty darn epic (Knox County Poorhouse and Kings Park Psychiatric Center for example!) but compared to the last two years the number of “smalls”, as my friends and I call them, has been… well, small.

Obviously I love the big stuff! Hospitals definitely rank among my favorite abandoned buildings to explore but there’s something special about the smaller buildings. Abandoned houses, storefronts, and the like are all “smalls.” There isn’t as much ground to cover compared to other buildings, and they tend to get passed over by most people but sometimes they’re even more interesting because of that. The amount of foot traffic in larger, more popular buildings means they probably have more graffiti and less things left inside.

That point is kind of void in the building showcased in this post since except for a few random chairs, #theresalwaysachair, it was empty. The whole idea of explaining that was just to say that sometimes even I don’t give enough credit to these small buildings. I had biked, walked, and driven by this one numerous times and hadn’t given it a second thought. Over the weekend Jeff and I happened to be wandering around the area and without even discussing it kind of just made our way inside.

While, like I mentioned above, there wasn’t too much to see inside I’m still super excited about my photos. The last few times I’ve been somewhere abandoned I felt like I wasn’t shooting as well as I knew I could which is super frustrating. This time though, I felt like a creepy old man photographing a beautiful woman while shouting “Yesss, baby! Work it! You’re looking so hot right now!” Please tell me know exactly the sort of image I’m describing. I felt like I was shooting really good photos aaaand upon editing them, I don’t feel any differently. I know to most people all the photos of these places with peeling paint and water damaged walls probably start to look the same but I definitely feel like these are some of my best. Thanks for putting up with me, you guys! πŸ˜‰ I’ve been feeling a little blue lately so to get photos that I’m really happy with feels nice and is super encouraging.

exiting through a window since a door slammed downstairs. Thanks for the adventure, WIND!

I’d presume most people at one point or another daydream about things they’d do if they were super rich. One of my favorite “If I were rich…” topics to ramble about to anyone who will listen is which abandoned building I’d buy and renovate. My answer changes between a few different ones depending on what day you ask me, and which one of my favorites I’ve most recently visited. While we were inside this one I couldn’t stop thinking about what an awesome house it would make. It just had such a cozy layout, and lots of interesting views. I grew quite fond of this little place. Its had an interesting past in it’s ninety-one years, supposedly at one point it was even a bar downstairs and a cathouse on the second level! Shame it probably won’t last much longer.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • I know exactly what you mean about wanting to turn old places into homes. There's an old firehouse I walk past every day that's not abandoned but it's sitting empty right now. There's a group of people trying to raise money to turn it into a museum, but I think it would be so cool to live there! Right across the street from it is probably the coolest looking house in the whole town that used to be a carriage house, that place has really opened my eyes to the potential of old buildings to become something new.

  • I love the exterior wall with the old advertisement. Something about old wall advertisements gets me. And I totally get what you mean about walking past smaller abandoned places. There are so many around the city here, but I think I'm more afraid of people seeing me go in and then having to deal with Russian police. There is an old banya near my boyfriends apartment and I always wanted to stop by, but it was so full of trash. I'm pretty sure it would be up to my ankles. So I never went inside. Now, they covered it with a metal fence so it's impossible. I definitely regret taking pictures on the outside because it was pretty cool and reminded me of the old Cliff House in San Francisco which is my favorite place in the city!

  • Working with the low lighting in these buildings is always a challenge, but these photos really are amazing. I love the peeling paint. Even empty abandoned places like this have so much character.

    Kaili | weirdwonderfulwanderlust.blogspot.com

  • I'm the same! If I was super rich I would love to take older buildings and renovate them. I always see these old barns, homes, row homes, kitchy unique buildings, and think "it is such a same they are falling down" I already told my husband that my dream million dollar home is 100 year old home we gut and fix up to have glorious even floors (been in too many old building that were uneven XD) and super high tech kitchen, but has all the charm of an older home.