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The Westin

At long last, some more pictures.

This one’s a bit closer to home, so there’s not really much of a story behind it. The Westin is this mall… like… thing… of some sort just off Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, conveniently located just across the street from City Hall. It’s not really a mall, so much as it is sort of a place with some stores. There’s a gym there and a CPK, and a very nice looking hotel, along with some pretty interesting architecture, and that’s what this is all about.

Oh, oh yeah, the parking lot stair well has some pretty unusual and dramatically industrial-looking utility equipment.

Pipe Junction


Alright, I’ve a confession to make. This was actually two photo expeditions. See, I went in the evening, and intended to get both the above and below photos in one go. Problem is, by the time I finished the below shots (most of which I have not published as I took them solely for own visual reference and not for art and aren’t really that high quality shots anyway), it was dark.

Meant to finish a few times since on the way home from work, but weather, poor planning, and a dead camera battery put the nix on most of those so I wasn’t able to get the shots from up top done until the other day. So here they are.



An interesting water feature/sculpture thing they have there. That’s city hall in the background.





Westin Hotel

Westin Hotel

Westin Lobby

Westin Lobby

Stair Rods

Stair Rods

Weeping Wall

Weeping Wall

All Saints Episcopal Church

All Saints Episcopal Church

Now, this Church isn’t technically part of the Westin, but I’ve always thought of it as if it were. The Westin is a sort of a ‘U’-shape, and the Church is located in the area between the two… top parts of the ‘U’. Prongs? Risers? Whatever. Anyway, pretty cool old looking Church. It was supposedly open when I was there, but the big oak doors in front were locked up tight, which is a shame because I really wanted to take a look inside.

And no, I am not going to break into a church. An abandoned church, maybe, but not a regular one. Ooh, I wonder if there are any abandoned churches near me. I’ll be those would be pretty cool. I should look into that.

All Saints Tower

All Saints Tower

All Saints Front

All Saints Front

The Way to Below

The Way to Below

Overlooking Apartments

Overlooking Appartments

Hotel Deco

Hotel Deco

The Westin

The Westin

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Green Street Building


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October 15, 2014 · 10:57 PM

Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office

So I’ve started doing this new sort of thing where I get in the car, and then pick a road and drive without turning (unless that road ends, in which case I have to turn) until I find something interesting.

The first time I did this, I found this cool old building that was also the office of the LA County Coroner and a lot of things on the premises that I wanted to take pictures of. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me at the time, so I came back on a later date with it.

I’ve since started bringing my camera along on such expeditions.

Here’s what I found.

LA County Coroner



Old Brick


When I got close enough to take a picture of the County Coroner’s office, I discovered that there were other buildings behind it, apparently on the same property, but many of these buildings were abandoned. The purpose of this particular building was unclear, but their was an above-ground tunnel, apparently for those little motorized carts that you sometimes see in parking lots, starting at the building’s base that lead to the basement level (and employees-only parking lot) of a nearby hospital.


Yellow Carts


A photo from another abandoned structure I found. In this case, a parking structure. Though the structure, and its various trappings—including this small motor pool of yellow motorized carts of unclear purpose—had very clearly not been maintained in quite a while, I discovered some time after taking this picture that the structure was only partially abandoned. It turns out that some of the people working on the grounds actually still parked their cars there, because hey, why let all those free parking spaces go to waste?




Between the various abandoned buildings on the County Coroner grounds was a small industrial area that was either itself abandoned or otherwise very old and poorly maintained. I wasn’t able to discern the purposes of any of the equipment, as my knowledge on the subject is someone limited, but I discovered a large number of metal drums labeled as containing bio-hazards, so I reached the conclusion that the whole operation had something to do with disposing of medical waste from the Coroner’s office and the nearby hospital (visible on the hill behind the trees in the background). There was an awful lot of old furniture that had also been disposed of in the area, which I don’t think would have been allowed if the area were not abandoned, but I’m not entirely sure.




Another picture from the possibly-abandoned industrial area. The old brick building in my second picture can be seen on the right, and that odd-looking beige-colored wall in the middle-background (connected to the aforementioned building) contains the above-ground tunnel I mentioned in the description for that photo.


Cathedral of Medicine I


A nice picture of the USC Residency hospital.

There’s a very good chance that I might actually go there to take pictures at some point as well. Nice building.




Remember those bio-hazard barrels I mentioned that I found? Well, this is where I found them.

In the background, you can see a stairway that I believe leads to the USC Residency hospital up on the hill.




This is one of the machines in the industrial area that I actually was able to identify. It is, quite clearly, a furnace. I believe that it may have once been used to incinerate medical waste. Maybe it’s still used for that. I don’t know.




Remember those bio-hazard barrels that I’ve mentioned twice now? Well, these are them.




I believe this machine is a generator of some sort, although I’m not entirely sure about that. It was one of the few items in the industrial area that appeared to be in working condition, and indeed quite new. Judging by it’s location, I’m guessing it supplies power to the nearby USC residency hospital and not to the County Coroner’s office, but I might be wrong.


Hospital Utility


A small utility area connected to yet another abandoned structure, which is easily the crown jewel of the bunch: an honest-to-goodness abandoned hospital. How exciting! I really wanted to explore inside the building, but there were “No Trespassing” signs on every door, and I’m generally a law-abiding sort of person. There was a number on the signs that I could call to ask for permission, but when I tried, it rang for a full hour without anybody picking up and there was no answering machine, so I was unsure how to proceed. I suppose it’s probably for the best, because I didn’t have any safety gear or any of those other bits of equipment that urban exploration generally requires.

If any more experienced urban explorers can offer advice on how to handle situations like that, I’d greatly appreciate that. I figure it’s probably alright if I’m not hurting or upsetting anyone and the restriction isn’t being enforced, but I don’t really know if that’s the case.


The Other Building


Another building on the grounds. I’ll admit that at this point, I don’t remember much about this particular building, up to including where on the property it was located, but it sure looks interesting.


Ad-Hoc Security


This is the other reason I couldn’t enter the abandoned hospital. There was very likely a pretty easy low-tech bypass of some sort I could use to get past it, but I didn’t want to risk it.


Cathedral of Medicine II


Another picture of the USC Residency Hospital


Hospital Facade


Another picture of the abandoned hospital. It would be so much more exciting if I could have gotten inside the place.


Cathedral of Medicine III



Old Brick Sunset


The old brick building again. I was in the grounds of the County Coroner’s office for quite a while… mostly because I was trying to find someone to ask for permission to enter the abandoned hospital.

I wanted to take a picture from the fire escape, but it was very rickety and I didn’t feel safe climbing it.


People Crossing


Remember that above-ground tunnel I mentioned? This picture was taken inside it. It’s surprisingly long, and not at all abandoned. There were people at the other end, and they didn’t know who to ask about the abandoned hospital either. I don’t think people really expect to ever be asked that kind of question.


Night Ward


Here’s that abandoned hospital again, now shown in full.

And no, those windows aren’t lit. They’re just reflecting the sunset, which is located directly behind me. Most of the windows are just too grubby to reflect it.


Window Box


Some sort of… uh… thing on the other side of the compound, towards the front, between the old brick building and some of the still-active buildings.


Old Brick Alley


Another picture taken of the abandoned old brick building, in the little alleyway-like area right by the building (it wasn’t really an alleyway, since it wasn’t connected to the road) near the fire escape, immediately before trying to climb it and giving up because it didn’t feel safe.


Flower Shop


It was getting pretty dark and a bit chilly at this point, so I decided to leave and start heading home. Then I noticed this building across the street from the Coroner’s, near where I parked my car and figured one last picture couldn’t hurt. Not sure if it was abandoned as well, or just a complete shithole.




Some sort of shipping-related vaguely industrial site that I passed on the way home. I just can’t help myself.


L’Arc de Defaite


A cool decorative feature on a bridge I crossed on the way home.

It’s really hard to properly focus a camera in the dark.


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Virgil’s Keep

Virgil's Keep

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January 1, 2014 · 10:13 AM

Angels in the Architecture


According to an episode of The X-Files I saw, this building is a hospital in Chicago or something. Which is absurd, because its the historic Park Plaza Hotel just off Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA.

♪♪ California doubling on such a winter’s day ♪♪

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Los Angeles Metro Gold Line: Little Tokyo Arts District

I take the Los Angeles Metro a lot to get to and from appointments on the other side of town. Whenever I take the Gold Line, the main above ground branch of the Metro and the closest to my house, I tend to look out the window a lot, and when I do I tend to notice a lot of stuff that I’d like to go take pictures of. Unfortunately, I can’t stop and get out for fear of missing said appointments, so in September of 2012 I began an ongoing expedition to get off at every stop on the Gold Line and take pictures, which extended into the new year due to delays. Many of the stops ended up not having anything interesting, but those that did more than made up for the difference.

These are from the fourth stop, Little Tokyo Arts District Station

Roket Lens

Roket Lens

An oddly labeled wall


14 Yellow Squares

14 Yellow Squares


Mega Toys

Mega Toys

An abandoned toy warehouse near Little Tokyo Arts District Station on the Los Angeles Metro Gold Line. I just missed Scooby-Doo and the gang. Adjusted to provide appropriate spooky ambiance, because the real deal didn’t have the common decency to be haunted (as is required by law of all abandoned entertainment, industrial, medical, scientific, educational and military establishments and at least 50% of all abandoned castles, graveyards and miscellaneous ruins).


The Eye

The Eye

So yeah, I basically ignored the arts district and went instead for the warehouse district. I like industrial stuff.


Oil Well



All the Little Metal Boxes

All the Little Metal Boxes

A warehouse lot full of salvaged serving area interface boxes. I swear, sometimes it feels like someone set these places up specifically for me to take a picture of.

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Half Mast


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November 12, 2011 · 3:55 AM