The Old Steel Foundry

Abandoned steel foundry

My first experience of urban exploration came thanks to an abandoned steel foundry on St. Ambroise St. in St. Henri, on which there was still a piece of 1995 referendum-era graffiti urging us to vote “Oui.” My girlfriend and I walked around the building, exploring some of the more easily accessible areas on the ground floor.

Just as we were about to leave, two kids from the neighbourhood came up to us. “Do you want to see something cool?” they asked. We followed them to a steel garage door that had been pried open, squeezing ourselves underneath and into a dark building.

The boys ran up a staircase to the left. Upstairs was a large room, brightly lit by the setting sun, filled with huge piles of debris, toilets and empty bottles. “GOGGLE AREA,” read a sign hanging crookedly from the ceiling. “Wear your safety goggles. Portez vos lunettes de sûreté.” As I looked around, flipping through the pages of 1980s fashion magazines that were sitting in a pile on the floor, the two boys started picking up bottles and smashing them on the ground.

“Do you want to watch us light things on fire?” one of them asked. We declined.

In 2003, the old foundry was razed and replaced by the Quai des éclusiers, a luxury condo development.

This is an excerpt from a longer photoessay posted on Spacing Montreal in 2007. The photos below, however, have never been posted before.

Abandoned steel foundry

Abandoned steel foundry

Abandoned steel foundry

Abandoned steel foundry

Abandoned steel foundry

Abandoned steel foundry

Abandoned steel foundry

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Sunday August 16 2009at 11:08 pm , filed under Canada, Interior Space and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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