10 Scary Abandoned Buildings
Posted on 05. May, 2008 by The Gimcracker in Gimcrackery
I grew up riding a bus to school that passed a mental hospital called Central State on the west side of Indianapolis. It was abandoned in the mid 90s, and has been around for over 100 years. People still tell stories of hauntings at the hospital, and it became especially frightening after it was abandoned. You can still drive past it and peer between the iron bars of the fence to see the old brick buildings that used to house the mentally insane.
Apparently Central State had a very violent history. Who knows what used to happened inside those rotting old hallways. These thoughts prompted me to research the hospital’s history online, which led me to a wealth of sites devoted to “urban exploration” – the exploration of man-made abandoned sites, structures, buildings, mines, and tunnels. Popular destinations seem to be mental hospitals, factories, and even Soviet-era research facilities.
Two days of researching this stuff and I’ve barely uncovered the tip of the iceberg. I’d like to share with you 10 of the scariest abandoned building facades I have come across so far. This isn’t a list of buildings with the scariest histories, creepiest inner hallways and rooms, or most frightening locations, but simply abandoned buildings that have the most chill-rendering, foreboding external facades. Enjoy!
Le Triage Lavoir Coal Plant – Belguim
It’s just an empty shell of a building with all its guts ripped out. It almost looks like a cage for a huge monster. More Photos
Buffalo Central Terminal – New York
Looks like an old school attached to Grand Central Station. Who knows all the comings and goings that took place in this building throughout the years. Now it’s just sitting there staring at the city from the outskirts of town. More Photos
Littoral Ceramics Factory – Belgium
This one looks even older. I bet there is something staring out through one of those top floor windows. More Photos
Lakin Industrial Home for Colored Boys – West Virginia
Half projects, half orphanage, all scary. More Photos
Michigan Central Station – Michigan
These are some of the most visually compelling abandoned photos I’ve seen. Do people really drive by this in Detroit every day without getting freaked out? This one’s totally ominous and foreboding. It looks like a ghost mansion. More Photos
Fort Steendorp – Belgium
As I’ve stated before I have a fear of voids and caves and such things. The entrances into this underground structure are very cave-like and frightening. I would never crawl into one of these dark passageways alone. I have to admit, this would be awesome to accidentally stumble upon in the deep forest. More Photos
Meiderich Steel Mill – Germany
Giant twisting rusted abandoned towers of metal that once processed liquid steel. This thing looks like it would growl at you if you ventured too close. More Photos
Hasard Cheratte Coal Mine – Belgium
Why does Belgium have all the scary looking buildings? More Photos
Marquette – France
Someone purposefully designed this monster to look like an orphanage sanitarium where demons are manufactured. I don’t know what this building actually used to be since I could not find much information about it. I do know one thing that it is: crazy scary. More Photos
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant – Ukraine
This one tops them all. It’s just sitting there, emitting contaminated radiation from when it melted down 22 years ago. Did I mention it still has 95% of it’s nuclear supply? The only way to get rid of such a humongous death trap is to completely encase it in a steel shell and try to forget about it. You heard me, they’re building the ginormous steel canopy as we speak, which will be hoisted over the treacherous factory and bolted down forever upon completion. More Photos
I guess I’ll end with a question. You know how when you were growing up there was that one house at the end of the street or that one abandoned lumber yard down by the railroad tracks that you and your friends would always try to sneak into but got too scared to do it? If you could choose any of the freaky buildings in this post that would be the scariest one to have to sneak into alone while your friends waited outside, which would it be? Oh boy this is a doozy!
Okay Brian, which one would you pick???! These buildings are awesome! I got sucked into looking at them even though I get this creepy weird feeling, but it’s kind of addicting. Lol. I think maybe if I had to choose, which I never would because I’d die before going into one of these, I would probably pick either the Nuclear Plant or Fort Steendorp. They’re all awesome, so it’s difficult to decide.
I agree with Chernobyl Power Plant being the ultimate scariest one. Especially from that second photo. Also, the cave entrances into For Steendorp frighten the bejeesus out of me. Really they’re all scary.
But after some careful thought, I would say the most frightening one to venture into alone out of the whole lot of them would be the Hasard Cheratte Coal Mine in Belgium. Imagine walking into that dark abandoned fortress of evil and knowing that underneath your feet lies a labyrinth of haunted underground coal mine shafts that stretch down for miles.
Even if you were to overcome your fear and venture into the tomb of an outer building, imagine stumbling upon one of the shafts and peering down into the stifling blackness, hearing echoes of unknown creatures and forgotten things. That would be truly scary.
My scariest abandoned building? A house in my hometown. A crazy lady lived there. Really crazy. They ended up taking her off to a crazy, scary place like the buildings above.
You can take the crazy lady out of the house, but you can’t take the crazy out of the house, or something like that.
Anyways, we decide to go check things out one time. The house is covered in vines and ivy, and some windows are broken, etc. It’s night. We have flashlights. No cell phones at this point in our life.
We get inside, it smells horrible. Like rotting, dead stuff. We go to the basement.
Shoeboxes. With names on them.
Annie. Carl. Jangles.
We open a box.
Then, my friend looks in the sump pump area. Full of dead cat skeletons. They were thirsty and going to get a drink. Zap. Electrocuted. Dead.
I will never get the image of this basement out of my mind. And I’ll never know why it was never cleaned up after they took her away.
That’s my scariest building.
Hop in the car, let’s go. And we’ll get all you can eat pizza at my parent’s restaurant while we are there. If you have an appetite.
Pizza?!? Now that’s what I call a taco!
Seriously, we better eat before we go in the house because if I saw a sump pump hole full of cat skeletons I don’t think I would eat again for 3 days.
I love looking at theses buildings I bet when you go into them that you must feel chills right away.
Yeah, i go into buildings like these all the time. It’s such an adrenaline rush
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koool man sooo sooo koool
i am rebecca and i think these buildings are soo kool, they give me tingles when when i think of being there. but unfortunatly im not able to be there because i am in spice of india waiting on food with my friend chubacca and have no funds to take me these places. gutttttttttttttttedddd man. so dispointed but if any of yous getto these places email me on
hi its me again. just cant get enough of this page. its so thrilling!
oh yea just skribbling on your page again just to say my favourite one is Le Triage Lavoir Coal Plant – Belguim its so revitilising mwahhhhh belguim for giving us this experience xxxx
hi my name is lauren and i just love old creepy building and shit lit tht (L). just to say these building are marvellous. truely spectacular works of art. i wish i could vist these wonderful places and snoop around them, i really quiet fancy Fort Steendorp – Belgium as it looks like a scene from a horror movie. and as i am a horror movie fanatic i really cherish it. too all the fans and feelow lovers of creepy and derelic building and shit like tht i say goodluck to you on your quest pf seeking out these beautiful works of art
truely is the buzz of my lifeee. just lookin at these building gives me butterflies. is this normal? someoneee reply too meeee !!!!!
hey lauren. just to say im no.1 abandoned buildings fanatic, and since i commented on these first i think you should bug offf and get back to where ever you are. your not a true suporter and as a fellow member of the ilab club i think therefor you cannot be as truely commited to your feelings for these buildings as i am. so leave your mess somewhere eles!
wel lauren i dont think you have a problem but some people mite so stop commenting please this is really starting to get anoying you silly ***** i love these building more than anything they make me feel happy inside and without these i would feel empty and lost. these building show me the way to a happy fufilled live and you need to get lost
hey bradjward. my names lauren. that womans house sounds utterly horrific. where abouts is your hometown if you dont mind my as#king? back in my town there is this really scary place called the metro. its an derelic old nightclub. yous should check it out. when i walk past it i cant help but stare at it even though it scares the shit out of me. when i was younger me and a bunch of my girlfrinds used to go until one night 18 people were murdered and it was closed down but because it is a listed building it cant be ripped down from the face of this earth. its sad real;ly for the people living in my small town though we have to ge ton with it. supposedly wen the clock stri#kes 1 you can hear the screams of the people]ewho were murdered tht nitee freaky or wat ? you tell me
what a loads of shite bugger offf lauren.
and rebecca if thats even your real name. you are an imposter. you are not a true follwer of the O.C.B.W.S.T.S.O.P.B.W.L.I.A ( old and creepy building what scare the shit out of poeple but we like it anyway) Society. i cherish my spoo#ky but yet incredible building. they complete. and btw rebecca asl ? you sound hot ) i like them fiesty
im just goin to the spice of for a hougie and a munchy box. but these building wil be forever haunting my thhoughs.
fuck you peeedo, im 52 married with 3 kids and myy name is rebecca yess. i have saggy boobs ginger hair chubby legs joined toes. and fyi thats a shity organisation. mines is more famous and popular
aww and fyi you sound like a man you sure your name lauren ?
oh do you have chubby legs? i like tht kinda shit. your not married. do you work in the kandy bar in my town i know someone like you. yes my name is lauren. i have a moustache and i am really skiny. i lov scary stuff and i also have a friend called rebecca (coincidence) who deep down i really love. you remin]d me of her. though she does mnot share my passion of sppo#ky building as she is scared of the dark at the age of 67 lools. good luck wiht you society. hope we can meet up soon baby .
and for the record. i aint noo peedo. i sook ma ain
i am wel creeped off, yea well let me describe myself a little more in detail, i have a huge ass , bushy eyebrows and dont like to paint my nails and there dirty because i work on a field with my mum dad brother and little sister we dont get paid. i have a dog that stink buut never gets washed a it costs to much for hot water. im also very untidy and un higenic with myself and my living i am sick of you and your attidue as its cencerially starting to stink
YOU AND LAUREN ARE BOTH FUCKED
spea#k english mongo
tbh i love you
Yous Two, Rebecca and Lauren. Are loosers get a grip of your scummy lives and find something better to do with your time!
john get off your high horse horse ya prick
and wat do you thin#k john?
Could i just say i love abanndoned buildings. but nto as much as you two freaks
It would be a toss up between Ft Stendorp and the coal mine in France. Can't say I would want any part or either of them.