PHDC manages more than 5,000 properties for sale around the city. Most properties are vacant land or buildings in need of major repairs. Properties are sold at fair market value. This value is established through independent appraisal.
This abandoned public school was built in 1931 and designed by the Philadelphia School District. The property is known for its distinctive paved rooftop which was used as a gym. There have been proposals discussed to convert the structure into a residential building, but nothing has been finalized yet.
This 10-story former leather factory housed the Dreuding Brothers Company. Founded by German immigrants Charles and Henry Dreuding, the company became the only manufacturer of chamois leather in the city. The now blighted structure was built in 1907 by William Steele and Sons. The building has been abandoned for decades and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Joseph passed away in 1943, but neither of his children wanted to take on the epic responsibility of Lynnewood Hall. The old property was left abandoned and quickly fell into disrepair. If it weren't for the Titanic, the house could well still be in the Widener family, but in 1948, a developer purchased the mansion and its acreage for the astonishingly low sum of just $130,000 (115k).
From great luxury to a sadly derelict condition, this is one unbelievably expensive abandoned mansion. Other rooms, including this crumbling space, have suffered the same sad fate as the forlorn art gallery, with many of their breathtaking interior fixtures stripped away and sold off over the decades.
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Two years later, the founder of the Philadelphia Community Corps drives a pickup truck to the demolition site. He has three staff members and job training partnerships with Mural Arts, YouthBuild, and PowerCorps. The job training nonprofit he started in 2014 has graduated 18 students into OSHA-certified deconstruction technicians in the past year. He's opened a 20,000 square foot warehouse in Kensington with classrooms and space for construction projects. And Greg and his job trainees have salvaged more than 50 tons of wood, metal, and building material from the bones of Philadelphia's abandoned buildings.
\"Other cities around the country, especially formerly industrial cities like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Detroit, have large deconstruction job training programs where the city is hiring these programs to take down their abandoned housing stock,\" Greg says. \"And they're employing a lot of people, and usually the people who need jobs the most. So, we're really excited that we feel like we're finally at that point where we can go to the City of Philadelphia and say, we're a serious program. We're ready for any projects that you throw at us. And we can really scale this program out to employ as many people as we need to for whatever project you can give us.\"
Throughout Pennsylvania, there are many historic ruins and abandoned places that remind us of our past. While many of these are on private property and sadly illegal to visit, others are open for the curious to either explore on their own or to take a guided tour through.
(Note: While to the best of our knowledge you can legally visit these abandoned places at the time of publication, access can always change. Make sure to obey any signage you might see, and obtain owner permission or pay the admission fees where required.)
Opened as a state-of-the-art prison in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was the model for many future correctional facilities. The penitentiary was open until 1970 when it was closed in favor of more modern facilities. For the next two decades, the prison set abandoned until it was opened for limited tours in 1988.
Today, visitors can walk or bike this section of roadway, passing through the two mile-long tunnels and exploring this post-apocalyptic site that is one of my favorite abandoned places in Pennsylvania. There are two access points for the turnpike: one near Breezewood and one in Fulton County.
Austin Dam is located in rural Potter County, Pennsylvania. In 1911, the dam failed and the ensuing flood of water killed 78 people. The dam was later rebuilt, but failed again in 1942. Fortunately this time, no one was killed. After this second failure, Austin Dam was abandoned and left to crumble.
Fortunately, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, Mount Moriah Cemetery is returning to its former glory. However, for those interested in abandoned places in Pennsylvania, Mount Moriah Cemetery still has corners that are quite overgrown.
This site has a 100-year history as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a mental hospital, and a modern prison, meaning that you can explore everything from an old psychiatric ward to modern cell blocks. Without a doubt, this site is easily one of the largest abandoned places in Pennsylvania and one of the most varied.
Located along the Railroad Arch Trail, the South Penn Railroad Aqueduct sits at the end of a quiet and easy trail. This aqueduct was built for the South Penn Railroad, who also dug the tunnels of the nearby abandoned turnpike, though it never came to fruition and the projects were eventually abandoned.
Yellow Dog Village is a former company town in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. The buildings were built in the 1920s and 1930s for workers at the nearby limestone mine. The homes were lived in continuously until just a few years ago.
Sadly, the homes were left abandoned for over a decade and are now in a state of disrepair. Fortunately, however, the current owner is trying to refurbish the homes and turn them into a period homestay. While the property is typically closed to the public, the owner often lets visitors roam around with prior permission.
The Bethlehem Steel Stacks in the Lehigh Valley are one of the most impressive abandoned places in Pennsylvania. Constructed in 1915, this series of five blast furnaces was part of the large steel mill here in Bethlehem. After being closed in 1995, the Steel Stacks were abandoned for many years.
The ruins of the Colonial Springs Bottling Plant are located along the Mount Misery Trails in the little-visited western side of the park. Springwater still runs through this building, creating one of the most unique abandoned places in PA.
Fortunately, a group of local residents decided to open this abandoned mine to tours in 1962. Since the mine was closed with the plan of reopening, much of the original mine equipment is still present.
In addition to learning how a coal mine worked, the Number 9 is interesting because it contains several abandoned buildings and apparatuses within the mine itself. My favorite is the giant elevator that once took miners deep underground.
This tunnel was opened in 1886 by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company and carried trains until it was abandoned in 1956. It is nearly 500 feet long, and visitors can walk through the tunnel, keeping an eye out for abandoned tracks along the way.
(Note: While to the best of our knowledge you can legally these abandoned places at the time of publication, access can always change. Make sure to obey any signage you might see, and obtain owner permission or pay the admission fees where required.)
Not far from Johnstown Pa. is the Staple Bend railroad tunnel. Said to be the first railroad tunnel built in USA. It was abandoned for decades until the national park service opened it as a historical site. 2 mile walk to get to it but trail is flat and wide. Follows the old railroad bed. Tunnel is over 900 feet long so take a flashlight along.
Before being prompted by the interviewer about vacant land, nearly two-thirds of participants described their neighborhood as a decaying physical environment marked by abandoned homes and vacant lots. This paralleled the door-to-door assessment performed by our study team during recruitment in which we found 33 % and 17 % of land parcels in the two neighborhoods to be vacant (either vacant lots or abandoned homes; see Figure 1). Participants described the hallmark of vacant land as poor maintenance, indicated by significant overgrowth on vacant lots and dilapidated, abandoned houses.
Vacant and abandoned buildings pose significant challenges to the health and safety of communities. In 2011 the City of Philadelphia began enforcing a Doors and Windows Ordinance that required property owners of abandoned buildings to install working doors and windows in all structural openings or face significant fines. We tested the effects of the new ordinance on the occurrence of crime surrounding abandoned buildings from January 2011 to April 2013 using a difference-in-differences approach. We used Poisson regression models to compare differences in pre- and post-treatment measures of crime for buildings that were remediated as a result of the ordinance (n = 676) or permitted for renovation (n = 241), and randomly-matched control buildings that were not remediated (n = 676) or permitted for renovation (n = 964), while also controlling for sociodemographic and other confounders measured around each building. Building remediations were significantly associated with citywide reductions in overall crimes, total assaults, gun assaults and nuisance crimes (p
Vacant and abandoned properties have a significant economic impact on property owners . Vacant properties in Philadelphia have been shown to reduce property values city-wide by 6.5% (an average of $8,100) and by up to 20% in some neighborhoods, representing $3.6 billion in total lost wealth for the city . Loss in property value was as high as 20% in some city neighborhoods . Vacant properties also represent a substantial economic burden on municipalities themselves, in the form of lost tax revenues and costs associated with maintenance, remediation, and policing . Vacant properties cost the city of Philadelphia over $20 million per year in maintenance and an additional $2 million per year in uncollected property taxes . 59ce067264