Abandoned East Side Branch Library by Swazzette

Abandoned East Side Branch Library

Driving through the economically depressed city of Gary, Indiana, provides for some amazingly sad sights. This is the East Side Branch Public Library, obviously abandoned long ago. I love libraries so much, and I thought this was a particularly sad sight, since it had once probably been a very happy place full of many treasures.

NOTE: I found someone by the name of Sam Barnett who had written a paragraph about this library on a website on Virtual Tourist. It will hopefully explain a bit more about this abandoned building. "Initially, Gary's East Side contained planned company housing, much like the West Side. While the West Side was home to the city's WASPy elite, the east became home to many semi- and unskilled workers, many of south and eastern Europeans origin. Owners soon turned their company-built dwellings into tenaments, housing a number of families as well as single-male workers, fresh from the Old Country. US Steel abandon control here and eventually the East Side became a mixed, middle-class neighborhood. My old man grew up here; today there is very little left of the neighborhood. But the neighborhood library remains, empty, squat, defiant and solid."
If you wish to see more photos of abandoned buildings in Gary, then check out the website "Forbidden Places": http://www.forbidden-places.net/urban-exploration-gary-indiana-ghost-town
There is world of abandoned property that is fascinating!
October 3rd, 2010  
this is very sad.
October 3rd, 2010  
we have some proposals on the november ballot in colorado backed by tea drinking people who would see nothing sad about this. great shot sue.
October 3rd, 2010  
Oh that pictures looks sad..did the library re-locte?
October 3rd, 2010  
Love this stuff. Too bad to see it is a library. Maybe the town folk need to put down their XBox 360's and try reading a book.
October 3rd, 2010  
Very cool find! (Why does it make me think of the Alamo...???)
October 3rd, 2010  
Great shot. Libraries are probably mankind's greatest contribution to humanity.
October 4th, 2010  
It looks like it once was a very nice place.
October 4th, 2010  
Sorry it's been so long!
i just love location shots like these. Makes me wish I could get out and drive for days trying to find stuff like this.
October 4th, 2010  
wow !!
October 4th, 2010  
this is sad for me too..I love libraries.....wonder wher all the books went?
October 4th, 2010  
@bruni @revjoel @fysmith @chard @moncooga @cglist @saira @mirmax @jessewallace @adzzadzz @dmrams - Thanks for your comment on my photo! Check back in when you get a chance and read what I've added to the description of the abandoned library building in Gary, IN.
October 4th, 2010  
Wow...I love this photo! This is great!
October 4th, 2010  
It's a beautiful photograph but so sad to see buildings left like this - especially libraries!
October 4th, 2010  
interesting. now i would find that location a treasure for my portrait sessions! lots of great textures, and no one to bother you.
October 4th, 2010  
not sure about the area, but that would make a great house.. good spot
October 5th, 2010  
Re: your comment... our jalapenos aren't really purple, they're such a dark green, they're almost black. Some are like that all over, and some just partially, but they're green inside and very firm. Richard says that means they're powerful... We shall see!
October 5th, 2010  
Looks a little similar to the old MC library. Still sad. Beautiful capture, though.
Hope you were able to get to the apple orchard over the weekend. My mother loved the farm in LaPorte. She would go every year even after she moved away from LB.
October 5th, 2010  
Great looking building...I want it...and a million $ to fix it up...
October 5th, 2010  
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