Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ruins of abandoned and burned Elks Lodge, Madison, Indiana

Located in Madison, Indiana, these brick shell is all that remains of an old Elks Lodge.  A victim of apparent arson, it burned down on August 25, 2006.  After several years of stunted repair efforts, it sits in ruins in the heart of the city.  This is what we saw on a recent visit.

Front doorway, still charred by flame.
Whenever you can look through a building, its generally a bad situation.
Front doors, locked up.
Sign on top of building, for the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.  Much of the detail work appears to be metal, not stone. 
Side of the building, fenced and boarded up.
Piles of stuff, located in the rear.  It appeared that work was being done.
Building permit from 2012.  A 2008 news article claimed that the structure was to be leveled ASAP.  Yet, it still stands.
Side of building.  Note the gutters, melted from the heat.
Interior view, through windows.
Another view.  The is a replacement, the original having burned away.
View through front door.  The fire is said to have started in the basement.
Another view of the door.  Note the fence.
Building, as seen from across the street.
Across the street is this interesting modern art piece, made of railroad spikes.

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