“Get out of town,” said Cole Porter. “Don’t fence me in,” he said, also. The guy had serious wanderlust, and when it’s nice out, so do we. This weekend Property photographer Laura Kicey went to the former Scranton Lace Factory for another Abandoned America photo workshop. The photographs she got are absolutely gorgeous, but she also learned a bit about what’s happening to the building–which is more than to the SS United States, the subject of her last extensive photo gallery of this sort.
It is a complex of over 68,000 square feet that they plan on making into sort of a miniature self-contained city, complete with residential units, shops, restaurants, bars, a market, offices, a museum dedicated to artifacts from the factory (including the one giant Nottingham Loom of 30 that they did not sell for scrap), green space, a rehab center, medical facilities, etc. over the next four to five years with only minimal additional new construction.
The property manager [also] described to us what had been in each of the rooms, which were now vast empty spaces, the contents sold for scrap. As a photographer, being led around and told about all the “junk” (his word) that had been in the space was rather disheartening.
Kicey says it’s not hard to imagine the space as a mini city since it’s so vast. “The place was so huge and labyrinthine that me and most other people on the workshop were constantly lost and kept going in circles, unable to find our way to the things we had seen on the tour.”