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Abandoned places in the United States

City Hall Station - New York City, New York

City Hall Station was built in 1904 and closed in 1945 as only around 600 people used it only a daily basis.

Orpheum Auditorium - New Bedford, Massachusetts

This Auditorium opened on the same day that the Titanic sunk, April 15th, 1912. A supermarket now occupies some of the building, but the rest remains beautifully deserted.

Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory – Brooklyn, New York

Michigan Central Station - Detroit, Michigan

Built through 1912 and 1913, Central Station served as the passenger rail depot for Detroit and was the tallest train station in the world. With the closure of the line in 1988, Central Station fell into disuse and all restoration plans have failed.

Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Operated from 1829 until 1971, Eastern State was one of the first modern penitentiaries. Now a national landmark, the prison was designed in a revolutionary wagon wheel shape which became a globally adopted style. Eastern State held the likes of Willie Sutton and Al Capone.

Willard Asylum - Willard, New York

Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was built in 1869 and closed in 1995, housing 4000 patients at its peak. More than half of the 50,000 patients who called Willard Asylum their home died within its walls. Making its morgue (pictured above) one of the creepiest places we can imagine. By its closure, most patients were eventually integrated back into society, but in the facilities early days “people didn’t leave unless it was in a box.”