[OM] Abandoned GE Factory

Subject: [OM] Abandoned GE Factory
From: Christopher Crawford <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2018 03:16:28 -0400
Some of you will remember the photos I posted a few yrs ago of the General
Electric factory complex in Fort Wayne that was shut down at the beginning
of 2015. They were all shot from the street, because GE wouldn’t let anyone
inside the fence to photograph.

Last year, the city announced that they had found a developer to turn the
sprawling 100 year old complex and its many buildings into apartments and
retail spaces, with the development to be called Electric Works. Last month,
the developers invited a small group of photographers to go inside some of
the buildings to photograph, and I was one of them!

This was personally important to me, beyond simply wanting to photograph the
historic buildings for my documentary projects. My great-grandfather,
Raymond Estes, and three of his sons all worked here decades ago. At one
time, there were 25,000 workers in these buildings! When GE closed down the
last of their operations in January, 2015 there were fewer than 100
employees left. Most of the buildings had been abandoned twenty years

I finally got my photos edited and posted on my website.


Chris Crawford
Fine Art Photography
Fort Wayne, Indiana

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