What Once Was – 2013
This former incinerator has been sitting for decades no longer useful for its intended purpose, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t used for anything. A man by the name of Stan used to call it home. Stan liked to collect items that other people didn’t want anymore, most of which he would find by the curbside waiting to be picked up by the garbage collectors. He brought everything, from old light fixtures to crusty blankets, there was even a very large television set that he wheeled along the streets and into this building.
Stan had a pretty good deal going on, he had this massive space to live in and at the same time protected the building from vandals and graffiti artists. For a number of years he even had power going to a small space where he could watch TV and make dinner in one of the microwaves he had collected. That all changed a few years ago when the city decided to clean out the space, which in itself would have been a monumental task! I have no idea how long it took or when exactly it happened but I remember seeing someone’s photos and the building was completely empty, I was astonished. Since then the building has fallen victim to vandals and the walls are becoming covered more and more by senseless tagging.
I don’t know what happened to Stan after he was forced to leave this place but I am sure he will land on his feet and I hope one day to run into him again.
As for the building, since it is a designated heritage structure it will likely be saved and repurposed.