Kirkbride’s beliefs became his buildings

2 Doors Down by Carolyn Gallo CMU’s Clarke Historical Library says that on Nov 30, 1885, the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane opened in Traverse City. It’s now known as the The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and 10 years ago I worked there and was able to lead and was able to lead a … Continue reading Kirkbride’s beliefs became his buildings

A little trip up north… and Thomas Story Kirkbride

2 Doors Down, photo by Carolyn Gallo Last weekend, I had the good fortune to lead a photo walk for a group of Michigan photographers at the place where I work, the The Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City. We were touring the as yet un-renovated parts of what was known as Building … Continue reading A little trip up north… and Thomas Story Kirkbride

Unlucky

Unlucky, photo by Cherie Happy Friday the 13th and here’s hoping that the only luck that finds you today is good luck! Cherie took this photo back in 2010 at Building 50 at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. I know this because I happened to be the tour guide for her and a group of Exposure.Detroit photographers! … Continue reading Unlucky

Slumpy, Michigan Central Station and Reflections on Ruin Porn

still standin, photo by paulhitz. The other day I noticed a big spike on one of the most popular posts of all time on Michigan in Pictures, slumpy … the William Livingstone Mansion in Detroit’s Brush Park which tells the story of the fall of this iconic ruin in 2007. The culprit for this increased … Continue reading Slumpy, Michigan Central Station and Reflections on Ruin Porn

Theft of the Traverse City State Hospital Gate

Light of Day Falls on the Asylum, photo by sunliner500. We’ve been working all week on the first ever Traverse City Wine & Art Festival which takes place tonight. In a normal world, I’d be posting today only about how excited I am at how amazing this event will be. The festival takes place at … Continue reading Theft of the Traverse City State Hospital Gate

Heidi Johnson and the angels in the architecture

Heidi Johnson, Third Floor, Men’s Ward, photo by mstephens7. Michael told me yesterday that Heidi Johnson passed on. He has a post Remembering Heidi Johnson and took a tour of Building 50 with her (slideshow). I didn’t know her well, but I’ve always had an enormous amount of respect for her work and her depth … Continue reading Heidi Johnson and the angels in the architecture