Ballet Hall

While out biking and exploring, we happened across this long-abandoned (as least as long as I've noticed it) building and figured we'd check it out.

It was a real surprise that this place wasn't occupied by vagrants considering how isolated it is and easy to get into.

The building itself was once a theater (the stage is pictured here), then was an industrial building of some unknown purpose(s) before being slated to be the home of the local ballet company.  Unfortunately, I don't know when the most recent incarnation will ever take effect.  It has been advertised as the "future home of" our local ballet company for years.

Much of what was originally wide-open space has been filled with additional levels which was occupied by machinery and (to a lesser extent) office space.

I can't make out which of us fools was actually doing ballet in here.

As you can see, the additions didn't really look all that sturdy, but they held up, even though the feeling was that of walking on the resonant hollowness of a professional wrestling mat.  I mean, you never forget the first time you walk in a ring against Hulk Hogan.

The freight elevator.  Because ballerinas are just so damned heavy, you know.

A view to the left (or stage right if you're the artistic type).  You actually don't see almost any of the original floor for all the additional levels in here.  This shot was taken from the top level of three, if I remember correctly.

Turning to the right, you can see a small office area as well as some of the ramps between sections.

The back of the second floor.  Cue the orchestra.

Lots and lots of pigeon feathers.  These suckers were everywhere in here, both alive and dead (i.e., the birds, not their feathers).

Some of the stairs between the levels.

In the front of the building (i.e., the end opposite the stage), there were several closets full of clothes and toys, which were about the very last things one would expect in a theater, ballet hall, and/or industrial area.

There were also xmas decorations.  Go figure.

The front office.  Oddly enough, this area appeared to have changed little from the theater days in that it looked more like what one might expect a community theater lobby to look like than a rugged factory front office.

Of course, the dead pigeon carcasses tempered the decor a little more toward the nasty end of the spectrum.

Looking back from the stage out over the imaginary audience (who would be sitting beneath the levels anyway).  

What isn't entirely clear in this image (due to shadows beneath the platforms) is that the floor is naturally slanted upward as one moves away from the stage.  It's a very nice area that I hope once again finds audience in more ways than one.

Alexplored 6/10/06.
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