I used to live across 83 from the Heinz plant on Cold Spring, right off the freeway. I know exactly where this is.
I miss Bmore. Great city.
Thank you for posting.
I didn't know where was a Heinz plant. Like the ketchup?
Yes. It's that big metal circular silo looking thing just south of the Cold Spring Lane Exit, just north of the TV tower. We lived in the Apartments on the northbound side of the freeway.
Similar note, you can see the tops of those apartments during the final chase scene of Serial Mom when they come down the hill.
I can't believe all that stuff is still there.
That must be Greenmont Cemetery in the background behind the abandoned rowhomes.
My Old man worked for IBM and use to repair those old IBM 360's with the platter disc drives and punch cards. That stuff dates back to early 70's possibly late 60's. Back in the 70's those drive platters were $5-10k.
What are the platters, the round things?
Woah, man, no matter how old these photos are - they are damn great! Incredible place and very well done photos again ;) Thanx for posting.
I've got a couple of 8" floppys and a punch card at home, fun stuff )
Oh, and punch cards were read simply by readers with a set of pins. If there's a hole punched then a pin sinks through it, making a different binary code (I don't remember which ones are "ones" and which ones are "zeros")
And there's more abandoned places in Baltimore! Awesome! I live in Baltimore and I spotted a few new abandoned buildings off of the Inner Harbor. This is great!
A lot of potentially good places are deep in the ghetto though.
That prolly would mean I would have to revisit my old neighborhood.
2008-07-21 08:32 pm (UTC)
HOW COOL IS THAT
ITS FUNNY, THE PPL I WORK FOR NOW ARE LEBOWS AND THEY SHOWED ME THIS WEBSITE, I THINK IT WAS OWNED BY THEIR GREAT GRAND FATHERS, I CANT BELIEVE ALL THOSE COATS ARE STILL IN THERE, MAYBE ILL MAKE A TRIP UP THERE TO GET ME SOME. THANKS FOR SHARING!
2008-08-20 12:30 am (UTC)
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I thought these photos were amazing. Do you know why the building was abandoned? Would love to know more history/
No idea why it was abandoned. Most of the clothing industry dried up in Baltimore so I assume they were just victims of that and the changing times as people wore suits less and less. There were a lot of boxes full of financial records so maybe they had problems or the IRS got involved. Who knows.
2008-08-20 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: HOW COOL IS THAT
Thanks so much for the info. I really don't think they had IRS troubles. The company was sold in the mid 80's right before I left, and I think the building was part of the deal. If you find out any further info, would love to know. If you have any other questions? Just ask..
2009-03-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
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The company was bought out by After 6.Then a ruthless person named Zion bought the building with financial help from the city of balto. He promised to keep the factory alive. He broke his word,closed it down and used it as a tax writeoff
2008-08-20 12:28 am (UTC)
I actually had the honor to work for the Lebow family in the 1970's into the 1980's. I worked in the New York Showroom, but was able to visit the "factory" for sales meetings. I was only 18 years old when I started, but I will never forget the experience of working for this amazing family. The suits made by Lebow were some of the finest in the world. The fabrics were the most beautiful, especially the cashmere. I was so sad to see the state of the building now. I wonder how the Lebow's are doing now? By the way, did you find my any paychecks, I think I am missing one? LOL
There were checks in the office. Not sure if they were for employees. They were signed by Meyer Lebow.
2008-08-20 02:03 am (UTC)
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I am sure my payroll records are in those books. Very eerie
I went to Lebow two Sundays ago and they are definitely in the beginning process of cleaning things out. The fence you were able to get through is more securely chained now, so we had to climb the fence. And the basement area has been cleaned up a bunch, all of the fallen-in ceiling has been cleaned up. There is also rumor of a dog patrolling Lebow? I'm not sure of the validity of this, but on the opposite side of the building from where the alley is, we saw some dog food bowls sitting out in this gated area. And in the gated area by the alley they have two large and long metal trash containers which they have been depositing some stuff in. The third floor looks untouched. We unfortunately didn't find the door to the second floor, so I'm not sure about that.
Here are the majority of the pictures that I took, if interested.
Good stuff. I've known about it being cleaned up for a while and have some pictures on my Flickr. I wouldn't mind going again if I could. Good to see that too much isn't gone yet. I doubt there is a security dog because I'm sure animal rights people would throw a fit over such a thing nowadays. I know people in the CopyCat Building have dogs and I have seen them outside in the alleys before.
Yeah, I have strong doubts about any dogs being there. I definitely want to get back there again before they really start getting things cleaned out.
I know this post is ages old, but I had to find it after seeing your previous post I commented on. :D Just curious, were the windows to the right of the entrance you took busted when you visited? Again, another space I would walk by and peer into, but never had the balls to enter.
By the way: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v519/poetryghost/9a.jpg
Thought you might find this cool. I can't remember the exact date of the map... either 1906 or 1923. My memory fails.
The windows, I don't know. They had metal grates over them and make lacked actual glass.
Cool map, where did you find it?
It appears Lebow may have also been the building for Crown Cork and Seal. I knew the other 2 buildings were but I thought maybe Lebow was newer.
Wow - took me forever, but I finally found it. :)http://www.monumentalcity.net/maps/1905/
I think it actually just used to be rowhouses. You can probably find some later maps... I don't think those buildings are too
far apart in age. But I don't really know architecure like that.
2009-05-04 09:20 pm (UTC)
Fascinating explorations and pix.
Here's some background on Lebow...and the row with Zion:
And one of the Lebow's recently died:
2009-11-10 04:58 am (UTC)
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