Apr. 4th, 2010

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So, the other day I went over my friend's house to visit her birds and cut her hair - she wanted a mohawk. for an upcoming photo shoot - and since it was nice out and we both wanted something to do we decided to scout out a location we'd been talking about visiting for a while now. It is an abandoned building the grounds of an active psychiatric facility campus (unlike Medfield State Hospital). Entry to the building and photography of any kind are not really allowed, so STEALTH is the name of the game. We decided to head over to the place (it's a beautiful grounds anyway and walking around is permitted) and scout it out a little...estimate the security detail, look for points of entry, etc. We saw that it had been boarded up quite a bit recently and getting in was going to be tough....we hopped some fences and noticed that a narrow window leading into the basement was open. Hmmmm.

This window (probably about 2' long, 1' high) opened up into a 7-foot or so drop to the basement floor. There was a handy pipe on the ceiling and a few things around that looked like OK footholds, so my friend decided to see if she could make it in. She evaluated the situation from the floor and figured we could probably get out the same way, so I followed her in (went through the window reverse-style on my belly, easy drop to the floor).

The basement room itself had a lot of natural light, but we wanted to get up to the next few floors. However, entering the hallway from the basement highlighted a fact that most everything else HAD been boarded up and there was NO light. Three steps in and I only knew my friend was in front of me was because I was holding on to her sweatshirt. In order to safely (well...safe as this stuff goes) navigate around we would need a flashlight. We hadn't brought anything with us because we had initially only planned on scouting....but I thought I might have one in my car. Deciding to go for it we got back through the window acrobat-style and and hurried (stealthily) to my vehicle where it turned out I DID have a small flashlight and, as luck would have it, a camera (albeit my low-quality digital one, but a camera nonetheless).

So, we headed back equipped, dropped back into the basement and spent over an hour exploring the place. I wish we could have had more time, but the sun was setting and we decided it was better to get out before dark. The pictures I got were few in number (the photo card was full and I didn't have time to mess with it on the fly) and pretty bad quality, but I'm glad I got some.


 This is one of the (beautifully-carved!) wood staircase enclosures. I was really frustrated that I didn't get a better picture of it but it does give you an idea!

I should probably say that I'm a reckless individual and DON'T DO THIS, PEOPLE because it is unsafe and against the rules. And if anyone asks, I was never there :P

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