east cleveland abandoned factory

by Kaylah Stroup

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Four years ago I first shared photos of this abandoned factory located on the east side of Cleveland. Built in 1917, it became one of the largest machine-tool manufacturers in the United States. Eventually the company began to suffer due to competition, the recession, and corporate inefficiencies. They restructured, cut the workforce in half and continued to have lots of ups and downs for the remainder of their years. Eventually in 2002, the factory was completely abandoned after years of only a portion of the building being utilized.

A few weekends ago I finally went back and reshot the building. While a good portion of the 570,000-square-foot building is full of trash (literally FULL of trash! Between 30,000 and 40,000 tons of it!!) there are still so many photo opportunities. The wood brick flooring that has expanded and made waves across the ground. The old computers, piled up on the second floor. The peeling paint! What would definitely be a health hazard in the summer heat sure is beautiful in the cooler months.

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Sam March 15, 2018 - 1:05 pm

Love these pictures – There’s something so heartbreaking about seeing that many computers abandoned and the whole building in general. You can tell it used to be teaming with people and now it’s just sitting there 🙁 Love the picture set, though!

Also; just noticed the ‘currently crushing’ widget in your sidebar and I’m enjoying it a lot!! 😛

allie March 15, 2018 - 2:44 pm

I love all of these computer piles! Such beautiful photos. Winter is definitely the best time for exploring, imho.

Kaylah March 16, 2018 - 8:50 am

Thanks, Allie! This was another one of the spots I tried to take you to! This is the one where there was a cop just casually parked across the street. What a horribly frustrating morning that was. LOL!

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