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Great site! Recently checked out a couple locations after seeing them here. Please check out Forest Haven in Laurel, MD. You would enjoy.

Shannen Kelly

I love your website. It is so interesting. I'd love to go to places like this and take photos.
PS. Your photography skills are brilliant.


I love your site. I have an interest in abandoned places and hope to travel and look at some places someday. I love looking through all the pictures of different kinds of places



Hi me Again.. Please email me I'm Waiting for you



I love your sight. If you ever come to Texas LET ME KNOW! A building in the stockyards in Fort Worth is about to be torn down, it's been abandoned for a good 50 years. Gotta get some dope pictures. And if you ever make the travel to Pripyat TAKE ME WITH YOU. Fuck radiation .. That is all

Norah cheon


hi tom my name is norah I'm from south korea
and i'm going to publish a music album soon it called 'beauty in ruins' i found ur photos and i thought it's perfect for my album cover picture please respond me i'm not a good english writer so i would like you to understand !!




Fell in love with your site.
Have been a long-time comment lurker...

Please contact me as I know of a location you may wish to photograph.
It's risky, and half of the site is still occupied, but no risk means no reward...right?
There's all kinds of written up history about it already, so you're halfway done!

Dennis Jones


I have loved your site for years! Your artwork and ability to highlight the contrast between decrepit, dank and dark buildings and the few spotted patches of hope and beauty within constantly impresses me. As for the comment below me, whoever she is, she really should find more productive things to do with her life. For instance... Put more effort into preventing people into your building. If she was some sort of a historian that wanted to preserve and protect a beautiful site, I would be ok with it. But I have a very strong feeling that she is just lazy and probably houses over 50 cats in her throw pillow infested house.

Also, I'd like to talk to you about a private business matter if you have the time.

John Joyce CTRC


You are as of this date 1/14/2015 put on notice that any money you collect from the publication of the pictures you admittedly took without permission of the Buffalo Central Terminal must be donated to the terminal or you may face further action by me.

Emma & Hannah


Hi Tom! We really enjoyed your page especially the information on Byberry. We weren't really sure how to contact you so we thought we'd try signing the guestbook. But anyways, we are participating in the National History Competition and our topic is Byberry so we were wondering if you would be available for an interview. This interview can take place over the phone or on facetime considering we live in PA. SO let us know, you can email us at either or



is the property for sale?

Al Jamison


Dear Tom Kirsch

My name is Al Jamison . I am part of group that is establishing the Western New York Preservation League. This organization goal is the presentation of the Castle on the Hill and other important landmarks.

We will be attempting to get this site listed on the National Registry of History Sites.

We are holding a seminar of the in January 1915.

Please email me back on information of how I get in touch with you.


Thank you so much for this beautiful and fascinating site, sir! I went through the whole thing in, I think, the summer of 2013, and I just stopped back in to catch up on the most recent posts. I long to do some exploring of abandoned places myself, but well... this girl has just never run with that kind of adventurous crowd and I haven't any idea how to get started without getting immediately arrested or falling through a floor. ha. I suppose I'll have to resign myself to living vicariously through your gorgeous photo adventures! I did, however, just read that you have lived in Detroit and Brooklyn... I'm from Detroit and I live in Washington Heights now! I'm feeling a little bitter that I never ran into you! I am rather hopeless at photography, but I am a writer a heart. Any time you feel like escorting a newbie on an adventure (that sounds appealing, right? haha), I'm your girl, and I'll write up a fantastic description of it. Promise. I'd love to explore one of the incredible islands here... Deal? ;)



Facinating! Thank you for preserving history this way.

Susan Watts


I was an opacity member, but long ago forgot my password....Gorgeous work, Tom. I'm envious of your photos and adventures.



Interestingly enough, I was listening to the song "Bethlehem Steel" by Grant Lee Buffalo which eventually lead me to this site. I have to say that this the most stunning and original work I have seen in a long time. And what a perspective shaker some of those pictures are! The abandoned mausoleum pictures were some of the most intriguing pictures I have seen. All I could think of as I was seeing them was, "How is it that a place like that can be abandoned?" Why would anyone want to desecrate a place like that? The scope of all of it was beyond me. I know it isn't just people who affect the place but the elements of weather as well. Regardless, it really stirred my view of life. You do amazing work, Mr. Kirsch. I am glad that I came across this site and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

mica in sweden


Stumbling is good........honestly stumbled into this.../while looking at-for abandoned Orthodox Churches in Russia, at Google Earth/ via Cane Hill, Coulsdon, UK - the strangest event.....
- and at first had no idea about the bad history of the over-crowded asylums; just looked at the architecture, the light, the peeling paint, lamps and the human behavior of leaving chairs behind. and piling stuff into rooms and whatnot
- never reading The Awesome, sometimes hilarious, Threads until much later.
Now have had a most fantastic Fun Every Day learning experience, about a lot of things, am forever grateful for, thanks to the wonderfully sharp-eyed talented keen kindhearted and loving Mr. M. and the fine Site, with such special pictures FTW.

Victoria Krawiec


I wanted to thank you for providing me with so many curiosities. I'm amazed every time I return for updates. Honestly, I browse this website hoping one day I'll find the asylum I pictured in my past life regression.
I currently live in Minnesota and I wanted to share this link, these buildings have a year left.




Greetings from Russia,
I'm member of Urban3p project, the largest urban explorers' website in Russia that has a database of more than 6000 various abandoned objects (industrial, military, underground) in the forner USSR.

You've done a lot of work to launch this site and find such interesting objects. What amazes me is the fact that in your country such objects as former factories. steel plants and hospitals can stand for decades without being torn in pieces by ravaging marauders looking for scrap metal and industrial equipment.
We don't have abandoned objects preserved for long - as soon as owners lift up the wards, locals and metal hunters start to steal everything valuable from the object, leaving only bare walls.

In contrast, American abandoned asylums and factories look just as if they have been abandoned just a few years ago.



I am back home after a long time, and i see a new rss link, new layout... wow, pretty work, Mr.Motts, i'm so glad you're back with new updates! I have an idea - i'd like to tweet your articles, could you add a Tweet Button next to the FB and G+ ones? Thanks. Rionka