Haven Motel Demolition

Posted by on October 10, 2011 at 12:50 am
Haven Main Office

The Haven Motel (formerly Lein Motel) was one of the early urbex locations that inspired American Urbex. After discovering the location I did a quick Google search and discovered that the diminutive motel once attracted international celebrity. I have occasionally kept tabs on the accelerated decay of the location since moving into the area. It […]

Audio Urbex

Posted by on September 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. When I work on entries there are certain pieces of music that aid me when writing, editing photos, or generally researching urbex locations. They’re great motivators. Koh Ohtani – Shadow of the Colossus – The Opened Way Marilyn Manson – A Place in the Dirt […]

Richman Brothers

Posted by on August 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Photo: The massive Richman factory was once the most advanced clothing factory in the US. Over the past decade large American corporations have reported record breaking profits hand over fist annually. These astronomical profits, however, have not translated into more American jobs. In fact the trend is working in a counter-intuitive direction. Job security, retirement […]

American Urbex E.08 – The Purple Hotel

Posted by on July 26, 2011 at 12:20 am

An odd Chicagoland building played host to famous faces in its prime, but is now on the verge of demolition. In this episode host Ken Fager takes a look at the history of the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood, Illinois. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes. The Purple Hotel article on American Urbex The […]

From the Flickr Pool

Posted by on July 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm
Hell's Gate

American Urbex has a Flickr group to share photos from your urban explorations.¬†We’re also on Twitter, the Facebook, and iTunes. Once we figure out how Google+ works, maybe we’ll be there too. In any case here are some of the more interesting recent uploads to the Flickr group. Great work urbex photographers! Hell’s Gate by […]

American Urbex E.06 – Interview at United Methodist Church in Gary, IN

Posted by on June 26, 2011 at 7:30 am

Three fellow urban explorers sit down to record their experiences for the American Urbex Podcast. This episode was recorded in the abandoned United Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes or download the episode directly. Rick Drew – Dive the Bucaneer and Flickr Charles Dastodd – Flickr Riley Reynolds […]

Meetup at City Methodist

Posted by on June 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Photo: An abandoned sofa at City Methodist in Gary, IN. On Sunday, June 20 the UrbEx – Explore Chicago group (registration required) met up at one of Gary, Indiana’s iconic abandoned locations. It was a pleasure to meet such a wide variety of photographers from different backgrounds. Some of the common themes of urbex are […]

Urbex Methodology 101 – Google It

Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm
City Methodist

Every week American Urbex receives requests from adventurous readers regarding locations. Although well-composed and spell-checked prose is always flattering, the requests go largely unfulfilled. At the bottom of each feature article there is a list of online resources. Maps and photos help create a compelling article, but the real gold is in the public information […]

American Urbex Podcast E.05 – Horace Mann High School

Posted by on June 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

Exploring the abandoned Horace Mann High School in Gary, Indiana. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes. Horace Mann High School – Flickr set of the abandoned school. American Urbex on IndieGoGo – Your support is greatly appreciated. American Urbex on Facebook – Follow us on Facebook. American Urbex on Flickr – Add your […]

Extending My Job Search

Posted by on May 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm
Switched On

American Urbex needs your help. The bulk of American Urbex articles and their associated geographic locations is concentrated in the Wisconsin/Illinois area. This is attributed to the fact that my home is in this area of the country. One of the practical dilemmas of covering urbex locations in this area is that their numbers are […]