The Compound, Birmingham by BPN Architects | Photography by Tom Bird | BPN transformed the former textile factory into a multi-functional art venue and creative workspace, as well as the private residence of the client, who is an artist and modern art collector
From 1882 to 1971, Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces transformed coal and ore from surrounding acres into the hard steel that would pave the way for the industrial revolution. It operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. It closed due to the newer, more preferred methods of obtaining iron.
Needless to say, there are urban legends about this complex. While legends tend to be just that, perhaps the most terrifying tale, is the true story of Samuel Blumenthal. Blumenthal was the night watchman for the Sloss Furnaces and took his last night watch on the night before the plant would shut down, Blumenthal found himself face to face with, “the most frightening thing he had ever seen”. He described an entity that was “half man and half demon” but entirely evil. Blumenthal claimed that the entity had tried to push him up the stairs, and when Blumenthal tried to fight back, the half demon beat him with his fists. When examined by Dr. Jack Barlo, Blumenthal was found to be covered with intense burns.
What’s even more terrifying about this place is that the Birmingham Police have over 100 recorded reports of unexplainable activity that has been experienced by people while at the Sloss Furnaces.
I AM THE ANGRY NIGHT!!!! This was at our 2017 Bat Blitz in Birmingham, Al.
Interesting note, bats release a stressed echolocation and it calls other bats to them to help out, so that is why I made the comment about the bat calling more to our mist net, bats show a lot of altruism. Maybe @koryos might have some more comments on why bats are amazing altruistic mammals.