Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mourning A Building

A little more than five years after the flood that ruined it, the building that was once the largest wood framed structure in the United States has met its fate.  This structure, near to where I live in upstate New York, was once known as Air Force Plant 59.

Since the flood, the building has fascinated me.  It was a fixture in my life for nearly 30 years.  A landmark.  I passed it every day.  I called it the "BAE building", after its last tenant before the flood (BAE Industries).

It's been a building for all seasons since it was built as a military production plant in 1942.  Winter...
May 5, 2014

August 9, 2013

October 18, 2013
And fall.

The Air Force still owns the property.  But not the building.
October 23, 2016

It is rubble.   It took nearly seven months to demolish.
Angle similar to the "fall" picture.
And now, the burning bushes that once were part of its landscaping turn red one more time, behind a fence.  They, too, await their fate.

The final fate of the property still awaits announcement.  But, my neighborhood just won't be the same without BAE.

Rest in peace, Air Force Plant 59.

Day 25 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.


  1. Boy, you REALLY miss this building, Alana.

  2. It tears the heart to see such cultural beauty destroyed. A sad state in the world, today!

  3. You really miss the building Alana, how come you have pictures from all seasons? great :-)

  4. What beautiful photos. It's sad to see buildings of the past be destroyed. Too bad there wasn't some way it could have been restored.

  5. Great pictures! What's going to be there instead?


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