- Spree Park, Berlin, Germany
- Hotel del Salto in Colombia - featured previously on Curious History
- Gulliver’s Travels Park, Kawaguchi, Japan
- Abandoned mill in Sorrento, Italy
- Mirny (Mir) Mine is a former open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia - The second largest man-made hole in the world
- The abandoned flats in Keelung, Taiwan
- Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, United States
- Craco is an abandoned commune and Medieval village in Italy
- Dadipark Dadizel in Belgium
- Abandoned train depot in Czestochowa, Poland
Abandoned Igloo Hotel — 200 Miles from Nowhere, Alaska
Along a well-traversed, albeit remote, stretch of Alaska highway sits an irregular structure. Abandoned and neglected for over 40 years, “Igloo City” stands as a dilapidated, four-story shell positioned 180 miles north of Anchorage along the George Parks Highway.
Lack of financing put a halt to construction years ago. The windows were built too small and did not meet Alaska’s building codes. Despite the Igloo’s forsaken appearance, the structure is mostly well loved. The local press has taken a harsh view of the Igloo calling it an “architectural monstrosity,” a “towering blob of a structure” and a “proverbial sore thumb,” among other things. But locally the Igloo is still regarded as a welcome landmark.
Brad Fisher, the hotel’s owner, is open to anyone interested in making an offer on Igloo City as long as they’re willing to do the work necessary to renovate it into a working hotel. Fisher states, “I’d love to one day see it in operation…I think most people are fascinated by it. Sure, the architecture’s not anything fantastic, but it was more or less built by one man (and) structurally, for that area, it’s one of the best designs you could have.”
Abandoned Building 25 at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
Located in Queens Village, New York, Building 25 at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center has sat abandoned and rotting since 1974. The psychiatric center is still open and operating but, for almost four decades, Building 25 still stands — ignored and decaying.
Originally, the open land was owned by the Creed family and was purchased by the New York State Legislature in 1870 to house the New York State National Guard. After four decades of complaints about random long range bullets flying into surrounding areas, the National Guard abandoned the buildings in 1912. At that time, Creedmoor State Hospital opened as a farm colony for then Brooklyn State Hospital, with patients working on the farmland for treatment and room and board.
From 1918 to 1974, the population grew from several hundred to over five thousand patients. Through the decades, a large number of violent criminals were sent there and allowed to wander the grounds freely, with some easily escaping. With reports of rape, assault, suicides, fires and burglaries, the institution was out of control. In addition, complaints of patient abuse by staff and unsanitary living conditions added to the already horrid and unsafe living conditions at the hospital.
By 1974, the original Creedmoor State Hospital was moved to a new facility on the property and renamed the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. While all of the other buildings once used were vacated and demolished, Building 25 was left deserted. To this day, the building stands abandoned and ignored by the state. Why buildings like this are allowed to stand rotting for decades can only be answered by their owners.
Here on Curious History we feature a lot of abandoned places. But there is something about abandoned amusement parks that make them even creepier than other abandoned places. Perhaps it’s the emptiness. Even a closed amusement park is creepy. Amusement parks are usually some of the most crowded places on the planet. Take away their main feature and they become terrifying.
Abandoned Cottages in the Woods Overtaken by Animals
In a series titled Once Upon a Home, photographer Kai Fagerström captured the new residents of abandoned cottages in the woods. After residents had passed away or relocated, a group of feral animals took over the spaces. In a story published for National Geographic, Fagerström captured the “wild squatters” in a handful of derelict dwellings near his family’s summer home in rural Suomusjärvi, Finland.
Eery Abandoned Doll Factory, Spain
Hundreds of molds and casts are stacked against the walls, over tables and on shelves, making this huge abandoned doll factory an overwhelming space. Limbs, heads and bodies of unassembled dolls are strewn around the dilapidated building, making for a creepy and macabre atmosphere. The deserted factory has a haunting and overwhelmingly creepy feel on all three of its stories.
Furniture, masks and other odd items were also to be found among the doll limbs and bodies when the photographer explored the place, with the upper floors packed with discarded doll molds and pieces. There is something about seeing a discarded unassembled doll, with its head just a few inches from its body, quite unnerving.
Judging from the hundreds if not thousands of molds scattered about the factory, as well as the many packages full of valuable dolls’ limbs and hair, it must have closed quite rapidly. They certainly didn’t take the time to remove any of the factory’s contents. Overall, this abandoned doll factory is one of the most eery empty spaces around.
Creepy Relics Left Behind at Abandoned Veterinary School
The relics of a historic building’s past are always a coveted find for urban explorers seeking to document the ruins. But this abandonment is not for the faint of heart, nor the animal lovers among us.
Arguably the weirdest location, L’école de Médecine Vétérinaire in Brussels, Belguim is a macabre warehouse of pickled animal organs left behind when the faculty relocated to other premises in the Belgian capital. Left to gather dust well beyond the reach of sunlight, jars containing animal lungs, hearts, brains and other morbid specimens sit on shelves spanning entire walls in the abandoned veterinary school.