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American Urbex E.17 – Barber-Colman Company

Posted by on March 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm

The legacy of a humble inventor who preferred to build the American Dream from behind the scenes. Take a moment to donate to American Urbex: Southern Slide. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes and YouTube. American Urbex on Flickr American Urbex on Facebook American Urbex on Twitter

American Urbex E.15 – Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Posted by on February 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Sears, Roebuck & Co. once set the standard for the catalog and retail shopping experience. Now they’re struggling for survival. Read the original Sears, Roebuck & Co. article on American Urbex. Take a moment to donate to American Urbex: Southern Slide. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes and YouTube. American Urbex on Flickr American Urbex on […]

Sears, Roebuck & Co. Complex

Posted by on December 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Photo (source): Sears, Roebuck & Co. complex as it appeared in 1906. Contemporary American consumers can purchase almost anything they need via the internet around the clock. Online retailers like Amazon rely on a readily accessible inventory catalog, honest customer reviews, and shipping distribution hubs to satiate a consumer’s every desire. While the internet component […]

Ravenswood Hospital

Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Photo (source): Ravenswood Hospital as it appeared in 1945. The American healthcare system is for profit. American citizens’ health, safety, and well-being are managed by large companies looking to stay in the black. The other democracies and various forms of government in industrialized nations have recognized the danger that this poses to general public. While […]

American Urbex E.11 – Brach’s Candy Factory

Posted by on September 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm

The bittersweet tale of one of America’s finest candy companies. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes. American Urbex article on the Brach’s Candy Factory. American Urbex Group on Flickr American Urbex on Facebook American Urbex on Twitter  

The Congregant

Posted by on September 7, 2011 at 4:06 am
The Congregant

Photo: The American Urbex author at an abandoned church in the south side of Chicago.

American Urbex Podcast E.09 – Edgewater Medical Center

Posted by on August 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

This week the American Urbex Podcast delves into one of the biggest cases of Medicare fraud in US history. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes. Edgewater Medical Center article on American Urbex Edgewater Medical Center on Flickr American Urbex Group on Flickr American Urbex on Facebook American Urbex on Twitter

The Purple Hotel

Posted by on May 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Purple Hotel

Photo: You can’t miss the regal facade of this building driving on Touhy Avenue. According to one Chicago area native, the construction crew of the 293 room Lincolnwood Hyatt House were supposed to receive a shipment of blue bricks for the building facade. It isn’t clear if  a communication or manufacturing error is to blame […]

Wyman-Gordon Power Plant

Posted by on April 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Wyman-Gordon

Photo: Power plant for what was originally the Ingalls-Shepard Forging Co. In 1910 seasoned manufacturing veterans F.A. Ingalls and Charles C. Shepard partnered to create the Ingalls-Shepard Forging Co. in Harvey, Illinois. Ingalls took up the mantle of President and treasurer, while Shepard acted as Vice President. The company produced a wide range of parts […]

Dixie Square Mall

Posted by on April 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm
Church of Capitalism

  Photo: One of the entrances to the famous Dixie Square Mall. After World War II the newly minted American middle class became emboldened by prosperity and moved further away from city centers into suburbs. Larger homes, new automobiles, televisions and all sorts of consumer goods all became part of the conspicuous consumption norm to demonstrate […]