This statue of the Virgin Mary stands inside a large broken tree stump in front of a house on Lavina Street, west of Van Buren Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I photographed it on Halloween day, when the house was decorated with plywood cut-out jack-o-lanterns.
During the first snowstormn of the fall in November 2015, I noticed this sign hanging under the speed limit sign on the east side of Ardmore Avenue, just north of Nuttman Avenue, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It says:
“Who needs love? Who wants romance? I want to eat your underpants!”
A few months earlier, another handmade sign with the same handwriting appeared on this same sign post. It said: “You are my every thought!” A little more romantic than the later sign; but both are rather creepy.
I photographed this tree in the first snowstorm in the fall of 2015, on November 21. The tree is located in a field on the west side of Lindenwood Avenue, across the street from the University of Saint Francis football field, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
It is one of the most beautiful trees that I have seen in Indiana. I have wanted to photograph it for several years, but never found the right light for it until now.
For a number of years, there has been a large sign near the road proclaiming that the land where the tree stands is the future home of an athletic field for the University of Saint Francis. I hope the plans include preserving this wonderful tree.
This old building has been home to a number of bars over the years. About a year before I made this photograph, it became Skeletunes Lounge. Yes, that is a life-size skeleton riding a bicycle over the front door!
Skeletunes is on the corner of West Main Street and Cherry Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I photographed it on Halloween, but the skeleton is always up there on his bike. The building looks like it is about to fall over, because the side walls are leaning.
Here are two more photographs of the office building on the east side of Broadway, on the northern edge of Lawton Park, at the General Electric factory complex in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The building was demolished earlier this year. It was taken apart floor by floor, beginning with the top floor. I have another photograph of the building, earlier in the demolition process.
The old Boom Boom’s Saloon building was demolished on Tuesday, November 10. The building was on Fairfield Avenue, just north of Taylor Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
When I was young, Boom Boom’s was probably the sleaziest bar in Fort Wayne. A strip club, it was also a notorious center of crime and violence. It closed in 2000 after the Fort Wayne Police Department asked the State of Indiana to revoke the bar’s liquor license.
It is unusual for the police to do that here, but the FWPD was being called to Boom Boom’s numerous times a day for drunken brawls, stabbings, shootings, and drug dealing!
Here’s a photograph that I made of the vacant building last year:
General Electric began demolition of one of the buildings at the company’s huge factory complex on Broadway in downtown Fort Wayne at the end of March, 2015.
This building, on the east side of Broadway on the northern edge of McCulloch Park, housed offices for the engineering and design staff. I was surprised that they began with this structure, since it looked, from the outside, to be in better condition than many of the others at the facility. GE said that it was demolished because it had problems with mold in the walls.
I made this photograph at the beginning of the demolition process. Instead of imploding the building, it was disassembled slowly over a period of a few weeks. They began by removing the building’s windows, then each floor was removed, from the top down.
This is one of the huge abandoned factory buildings at the General Electric complex on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company closed the last of its operations in Fort Wayne at the beginning of 2015, though most of the buildings, including this one, had sat empty for 20 years prior to that.
One of the billboards in front of the GE building features a famous quote from John Wayne, an American actor famous for playing cowboys, old-west lawmen, and other tough-guy characters:
When I made this photograph in 2008, this building was home to Main Street Pizza. The pizzaria’s name was later changed to Patriot Pizza. It is on the corner of Main Street and South Street (State Road 101) in the small town of Monroeville, Indiana.
I drove back to Monroeville in November, 2015. The side of the building, including the American flag, has been painted over with ugly brown paint.