Since I was lazy and it was hot out we had been staying local. Trying to mark a few off our bucket list.
This building has been around forever and is frequented by many the…patrons.
Whether it be to create artistic wonders, or shoot up with a million needles, people were in and out of here regularly.
The previous history of this building is vague at best when researched.
It was part of the Vacuum Oil site, a 24-acre property along the Genesee River waterfront that once held an oil refinery, which shut down in the 1930’s. In the decades that followed, parts of the site were used for various other purposes, including a junkyard.
For more information on the Vacuum Oil Company click here —> Vacuum Oil
From what I gathered the property is contaminated and most companies wont touch it because of the expensive clean up process.
Buuuutttt, you guys don’t care about local babble, you want pictures and such.
Let’s get started, Jay and I parked literally in front of the building. It was by the river and a running path, so if anyone asked we were obviously poorly dressed runners.
The front of the building was closed up pretty tight, but walking around the side there was a way in.
And I mean, SMELLED.
Everything on this bottom floor was wet and I was extremely thankful that we had upgraded our exploring wardrobe to now include boots.
Furniture everywhere in the first room, mattresses, chairs, wood.
All wet. All stinky.
A small hallway lead to another room that was scattered with children’s toys and….needles.
Again, thankful for boots.
Half of those toys I had as a kid! Who would throw away the magic school bus!?
Shakes head, moves on.
Upstairs we find more junk.
It’s like a garage sale gone bad.
Immediately in front of the stairs was a room filled with more toys and books.
The next room was more furniture.
On the way to the third room we walked into obviously where someone was hanging out.
I mean, Damn.
Then came the checkered room.
The whole building was a really weird combination of stuff. This room didn’t fit at all and neither did anything else really…
The last room on this floor was pretty bare too.
So, up we go.
This one took our breath away.
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering about the artwork in the first picture you saw.
This whole building was covered in some talented people’s imagery.
The image of the bird and the egg is done by an artist called ROA. Find more of their work (and their flikr) here : ROA!
Their stuff is epic.
As were many of the others we saw.
That last one is my favorite.
With one last flight of stairs we climbed to the roof.
And another with a view of the city.
Not much up here, so back down we go.
And another one bites the dust.
We meandered past these cute graffiti wings and Jay made me stand in them.
Holy awkward, Batman.
Last, but not least, there was an abandoned little garage next to the building that had some clever writing I liked very much.
(and is also one of my favorite urbex instagrams!)
Retreating from the deathly heat into the car we head home.
It smells much better outside…
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