abandoned masonic hall

by Kaylah Stroup

Four-ish years ago, this is where my soon-to-be husband took me on our very first date. For that reason alone this rotten old building is kind of special to me. I’ve been back a few times since but not any time recently. It’d been on my list of places to reshoot for one small yellow reason…

One of my favorite abandoned buildings I’ve ever photographed is the ‘rubber duck factory’. My photography has improved tenfold but the subject matter is just too good. Hundreds of rubber ducks! Back in 2015, just a few days after what would become my final visit, the building housing all those ducks burnt to the ground. The ducks had been disappearing at a rapid rate before the fire but I was sad to think that any of them burnt. Not that I think dirty old rubber ducks are anything special, or worth saving but darn, they were an excellent photo subject.

A few months after the fire I started to notice photos of the ducks popping up on social media. Luckily I’ve got a pretty good eye for detail and can easily determine which building is which from a single photo. I immediately recognized that some of the rubber ducks were in the masonic hall.

There were a few failed attempts to go and check it out (still mad at the dude who kept circling the us on a bike, and waving!) but it wasn’t a huge priority. Located in a not so nice area, it really is better to be safe than sorry. Finally, last week, we got back inside. Funny thing is, I had completely forgotten about the ducks so I was more than pleasantly surprised to stumble upon them.

As you can tell from the photos, I didn’t actually find very many of the rubber ducks. Judging from photos that I can find, there were definitely more of them in here at some point. Guess they’re off on another adventure, or perhaps just hiding somewhere a bit more sneaky in this building.

It’s really fun to think of the ducks as playing their own little version hide and go seek with any willing explorers. Makes me wish I had taken a few to hide around other buildings too. Maybe I’ll find more the next time I’m back here, or stumble upon them somewhere I’m really not expecting them. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

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A few related posts;

The Rubber Duck Factory
The Rubber Duck Factory revisited
Masonic Hall (2014)

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