Signed Copy of "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" Book + 5x7 Print
Signed by the author, this copy of Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream comes with a free 5x7 of the author's choice and maybe a few other Abandoned America goodies too! Please note this book is no longer in print, so copies are hard to keep in stock.
If the creation of a structure represents the values and ideals of a time, so too does its subsequent abandonment and eventual destruction. In Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, internationally acclaimed photographer Matthew Christopher continues his tour of the quiet catastrophes dotting American cities, examining the losses and failures that led these ruins to become forsaken by communities that once embraced them. From the heartbreaking story of a state school that would become home to one of the country's worst cases of fatal neglect and abuse to the shattered remains of what was once the largest mall in the United States, "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" asks what leads us to leave places behind and what the consequences are of doing so.
The Fallside Hotel (Niagara Falls, NY): Once one of Niagara Falls' swankiest hotels, now no more.
Long Beach, CT: A beach community left for dead when the bridge to it burned
Fort Pitt Casting (Pittsburgh, PA): A prosperous steel casting company undone between labor conflicts
The Lee Plaza Hotel (Detroit, MI): A beautiful hotel plagued by bad debt
Taunton State Hospital (Taunton, MA): A gorgeous asylum with a haunting past
The Randall Park Mall (North Randall, OH): Once the world's largest shopping mall
Gary, IN: An industrial town struggling with over 13,000 blighted properties
Vulture City, AZ: Arizona's richest gold mine that cost many their lives
The Victory Theatre (Holyoke, MA): A stunningly opulent theater now in ruins
Forest Haven (Laurel, MD): A school for the developmentally disabled that became a house of horrors
The Variety Theatre (Cleveland, OH): An abandoned beauty that represents hope for its community
The SS United States (Philadelphia, PA): Once the world's fastest ocean liner and the largest ship built on US soil
The Catskill Game Farm (Catskill, NY): A notalgic vacation destination with a dark secret
Schenley High School (Pittsburgh, PA): Once the most expensive high school in the US, it was closed for dubious safety concerns
240 full color pages. 10.2 x .09 x 10.1 inches