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Shell of a Building

Found this today while poking around. Makes me alternately want to cry and build it inworld:
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Gartloch was a beautiful Victorian general hospital, built in 1889 – it closed in 1996, and parts have now been redeveloped into the usual soulless executive village. Some bits are still untouched – the development has stalled.” – [url=]Ben Cooper[/url]

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  1. Clara Corryong Clara Corryong August 16, 2010

    Ohhh! pretty and spooky!
    The only building of that quality that’s abandoned I know is flinders Street station’s office (which is odd considering how busy the station itself is)

  2. Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox August 16, 2010

    You would need a very big piece of land to build dat on.

    • Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf August 16, 2010

      Actually he has quite a few already.

  3. Blackberry Harvey Blackberry Harvey August 16, 2010

    Let’s all buy it and move in!

  4. Stargirl Macbain Stargirl Macbain August 16, 2010

    We could build that…in…250 prims…maybe.  

  5. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman August 16, 2010

    there used to be a building near where I lived that was close to that level of :O
    used to be a TB hospital.    rumours of haunting ended up making he caretaker and police constantly paranoid about tresspassers and so it sadly got torn down and is now an empty lot

  6. Victor1st Mornington Victor1st Mornington August 16, 2010

    Yeah, the old Gartloch Asylum in the Greater Glasgow area, been there a few times passing through.

    In Scotland there’s a lot of old decaying early era to late era Victorian former asylums and hospitals sitting around slowly degrading with collapsing roofs.  There’s a reason this happens.  As a FULLY intact building local councils can’t do anything to renovate or change the appearance of the structure because they are listed as “Class A+” builldings by National Heritage.  National Heritage states that any buildings of Class B, Class A or Class A+ cannt have any redesign, or redevelopment.

    So…what do local councils do?  If they can’t redevelop the area, it means they cant stick semi detached housing down.  They offer the building to National Heritage so NH can pay for the upkeep.  National Heritage refuse because they really dont have much money left.

    When they refuse it defaults back to the local council.  The local council then state they they do not have enough money to care for the building.  They put a fence around it, and let the building slowly decay for 3 or 4 years.  These old hospitals got closed in the 1980’s to the early 90’s, are in usually poor condition and dont really take long for sections of roof to collapse.

    The minute a collapse happens the local council declare the building “Unsafe and a danger to onlookers” and then demolish some…or all of it.
    Below is a link to the old victorian asylum in this town…Ravenspark Hospital.  Named after the numerous raven to roost in the massive old trees around here.  The original hospital is on the bottom of the page.  The council here was publically hauled over the coals and subsequently voted out when the next election came around…

    Its not just old Ravenspark thats being ignored by the local council, what is considered a classic peice of Venetian Victorian Revival, and one of the only ones left in the UK is also being ignored by the idiots who run this town.  Pilkingtons Trinity Church…

    Irvine is a VERY old town.  Former Royal Burgh of Scotland, former major port for Glasgow (before the clyde was deepend) theres a lot of history in this town slowly decaying…its sad.

    • Gabriell Anatra Gabriell Anatra August 16, 2010

      That is a beautiful church. I’d love to see something like that in New Babbage.

  7. Skyler Gant Skyler Gant August 16, 2010

    It would be amazing to see all those buildings built in New Babbage, to be honest. I really love old architecture and really think it’s a shame to see such beautiful buildings litteraly rot away.

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