Gallery: Singing the Blues Amongst Dozens of Old Pianos on Allegheny Avenue

Property photographer Laura Kicey went to a 20,000-square-foot dilapidated building last week and found herself in a strange world of seemingly unrelated objects, all of them in storage at an old bronze and brass foundry. Philly bluesman Shakey Lyman serenaded guests while shooters toured the space along with Mike Piersa from the National Museum of Industrial History. Philadelphia Salvage Company got in on the act too, offering beer and burgers at their new foundry site nearby.

The photos, this-a-way…

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Abandoned America Tours Keep Selling Out. Photos By Laura Kicey

Matthew Christopher is a photographer of decrepit, abandoned places who shares his technical expertise with other photographers in weekend workshops. The Abandoned America series took Property’s Laura Kicey to the SS United States and more recently to Germantown’s St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Built in the 1870s and designed by Frank Furness and George W. Hewitt, the church closed in 2005 and will soon undergo renovation to become a school, so this venture was the last chance to photograph it in its in-between state. How photographers love decrepitude! And how Philadelphians love to look at it as evidence of our own present and past. But enough philosophizing (level 101): Check out Laura’s beautiful (as always) photographs.

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