January 1, 2023

Tour Report: The Administration of Steel

On our Easter tour in April of 2019, we checked out the abandoned administration building of a steel company. At the time, it had been abandoned for more than ten years, and it looked like some of the surrounding buildings had been demolished. There was no good parking place, and the area was open and flat, so there was a good possibility of being spotted upon entering. We still wanted to try.

So we parked way off and walked the rest of the way. As we reached the premises, we just walked right across towards the building and started looking for a way in. It looked like it had been freshly sealed - some broken windows had been boarded up with fresh wooden boards - and the degree of vandalism suggested that this probably happened a lot.

But we did find a way in - there was an open door!

As we entered, we were shocked at the level of destruction that the vandals have inflicted on the building. Broken glass, graffiti, ripped out floorboards and ceilings - and everything that could be moved around had been tossed around...

The place was huge, but didn't offer a large variety of scenes - after all, this was only an office building. We could see that it used to be a very modern office when it was built in the 1970s, but it probably wasn't modern enough to make the transition into the 21st century.

We walked through long hallways and huge office spaces, we found the cafeteria and the central reception desk. I did like the facade of mirrored glass; it looked really nice with the sun and the blue sky. What surprised us was that we were completely alone. The place looked like it is regularly frequented by teenagers looking for thrills - but there was no one there except us. Being alone in a large building like this always creates a weird atmosphere; every sound becomes really loud, and every window or door closed by the wind startles me - even when the building itself has no spooky aspect at all.

We had finished our explore after about two hours and went back to the car to drive to the next location that we had planned.

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