Welcome to another round of abandoned building shots!
Starting us off today, the admittedly grim edifice of the Presbyterian Home of High Point, in High Point, NC.
To preface, only 2 shots here, but I plan on going back and taking more at some point.
A bit of history on this derelict: built in the late 50's or early 60's, the PHoHP was built as a senior citizen home. Sitting on 18 acres, the Home was one of several operating under the Presbyterian Homes banner, with a few others scattered around NC (which are all otherwise opened, I believe). In the 90's, the building was showing its age, coupled with the lack of amenities, the PHs started winding operations down, moving folks slowly to their River Landing at Sandy Ridge facility. I'm not 100% sure when the PHoHP was fully shuttered, but I believe prior to 2010, so it took quite a while to wind operations down (I.E. - morbid, but probably true - they probably just stopped accepting new residents here, and, for the most part, waited the current ones out).
From what I understand, the PH sold the property to Community Housing of High Point in 2011. These photos are from March 2022. So seems like CHoHP have made some efforts to keep the property from falling into total disrepair - cutting the grass, basic attempts at limiting access, etc - but have otherwise done nothing.
It's not far downtown HP, so the land is probably worth a decent amount. I'd be surprised if the building is ever reused - more likely it'll be demolished ... at some point. Not far from HP University, so a slim chance of becoming student housing?
Anyway, neat old building. Grim and somewhat creepy. Bonus, as an ex old folks home, it's probably haunted. Hooray!
I'd love to be able to go inside - City of HP/Owners of building, I, and probably many other explorers, would love to take a tour - heck, we'd even pay a access/tour fee!😀
Moving on to something very different, we have Cone Mills' White Oak Plant in Greensboro, NC.
I won't go into Cone's extensive history, but this facility was built in 1905, and produced fabric and denim. In 1915, Cone and Levi Strauss had their "Golden Handshake" in which the White Oak Plant ended up being the exclusive source for Levi's XX denim for the 501 jeans.
But, as with so many textile mills in the South, foreign competition took its toll, and the facility closed on December 31, 2017.
This is a really classic looking building, and still being in use until so recently, I'd assume it's in decent shape.
I'm not aware of of what, if any, plans exist for the facility, (though something's going on, obviously) but from observing other defunct mills in the area, it'll probably be redeveloped into a residential and/or small business facility. It'd be nice if they kept a bit of it original, equipment and all, as a museum.
Be awesome to take a tour here before it's gone or redeveloped.
We need, like, a tourism agency for abandoned/derelict/closed places. Get permission from owners, have "tourists" sign waivers absolving said owners of responsibility for any issues, and also sign something saying said tourist won't steal, damage, deface, etc said location. I'd totally be on board for this! 😎