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World's most mysterious buildings
Yahoo! Travel ^ | Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Adam H. Graham

Posted on 10/11/2012 5:03:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Mysteries come in many forms: ancient, modern, unsolved, and unexplained. But the world's most mysterious buildings are a physical force to be reckoned with. They've become popularized on websites full of user-generated and editor-curated like Abandoned-places.com, weburbanist.com, and AtlasObscura.com, an exhaustive database of the unusual.

"In an age where it sometimes seems like there's nothing left to discover, our site is for people who still believe in exploration," says AtlasObscura.com cofounder Joshua Foer.

Our definition of mysterious is broad and varied. Some buildings on our list are being eaten alive by the earth, such as a lava-buried church in the remote highlands of Mexico. Others have design elements that seem to defy logic or were mysteriously abandoned centuries ago. New York's shadowy Renwick Smallpox Hospital has more recent traces of human life -- and an eerie energy that lingers. We've got the photo proof.

This abandoned Smallpox Hospital, replete with granite veneer, corbelled parapets, and mansard roofs, is a reminder of Gotham's grisly past. Its 100 hospital beds once hosted quarantined immigrants suffering from the gruesome disease. An ongoing $4.5 million restoration project will open Renwick to the public in 2013, kicking off with an art project that includes giant butterflies hovering over the site.

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(Photo: Karel Jaros) Renwick Hospital, Roosevelt Island

(Photo: Karel Jaros) Renwick Hospital, Roosevelt Island
(Photo: Courtesy of Coral Castle) Coral Castle

(Photo: Courtesy of Coral Castle) Coral Castle
(Photo: Yellow Book Ltd) Skara Brae, Orkney Islands

(Photo: Yellow Book Ltd) Skara Brae, Orkney Islands
(Photo: Michael Toye) Kolmanskop Diamond Camp

(Photo: Michael Toye) Kolmanskop Diamond Camp

1 posted on 10/11/2012 5:03:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

Big Bump

Renwick Hospital is being refurbished but some of those locations are going to crumble into nothingness.


2 posted on 10/11/2012 5:05:36 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

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3 posted on 10/11/2012 5:06:47 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SunkenCiv

Don’t have a pic., but The Winchester House in San Jose, CA is certainly weird.


4 posted on 10/11/2012 5:07:22 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: SunkenCiv

5 posted on 10/11/2012 5:16:33 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Churchillspirit

One of the more interesting home designs I’ve seen was an addition to an old farmhouse. The addition was a two story cathedral ceiling deal with a two bedroom loft.

The interesting thing was that they left the siding, windows, roof etc on the farmhouse part. Sitting in the addition was a bit like sitting outside. The dining room table was a picnic table and they even had one of the round open fireplaces in the center of the room for bonfires indoors.


6 posted on 10/11/2012 5:19:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SunkenCiv

So there’s a little dust in my house. I’ll go buy a swiffer tomorrow.


7 posted on 10/11/2012 5:20:44 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
I’ll go buy a swiffer tomorrow.

Spend the money on a hooker instead.

8 posted on 10/11/2012 5:26:04 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( I will stand with the CHRISTIANS should the political winds shift in an ugly direction)
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To: GeronL

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks GeronL.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


9 posted on 10/11/2012 5:31:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

How very interesting!


10 posted on 10/11/2012 5:37:52 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: SunkenCiv; Charles Henrickson

Here is a really mysterious building. Note the sharp angle of the hillside. It was like the church building had to be built to conform with the angle of the hill which looks to take a chunk out of the right side of the church. Were adjustments made in the interior to take into account the hill?

11 posted on 10/11/2012 5:47:52 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix
Were adjustments made in the interior to take into account the hill?

Do hills really pose these kinds of problems for flatlanders?

My guess is they dug the right side of the ground floor out of the hill. Main floor (red doors) meets grade at the right.

12 posted on 10/11/2012 9:49:59 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: SunkenCiv

13 posted on 10/11/2012 10:25:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Churchillspirit

Sure, but the people who built it must have been of high calibre.

Okay, yes, that’s an old one, plus I’ve used it before. I admit it, I should have taken stock first. I barrely have any excuse for myself now.


14 posted on 10/12/2012 3:25:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RummyChick

Wow, neat, how large is this structure?


15 posted on 10/12/2012 3:27:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Roccus

I guess I am a flatlander. I live in the flattest section of the country: South Florida where speed bumps are the highest altitude. BTW, there is one part of our County called Hollywood Hills. Guess what? NO hills. I don’t know how they came up with that name.


16 posted on 10/12/2012 4:41:54 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix
BTW, there is one part of our County called Hollywood Hills. Guess what? NO hills.

I have friends in FL that I used to visit back in the 70's. Every time I would make the turn West off US 1, I would chuckle at the sign at the entrance to their community. It would read, "Pompano Highlands" LOL!

17 posted on 10/12/2012 5:16:31 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: JoeProBono

Is that the makings of a bonfire?


18 posted on 10/12/2012 5:20:39 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: PJ-Comix

The bridges over the intercostal waterway were my “hills” when growing up. I lived in Coral Ridge, which really was a ridge of coral that towered seven feet above sea level.


19 posted on 10/12/2012 5:43:39 AM PDT by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: SunkenCiv
here is a larger pic. It is Neptune. Used to have a shell and a trident

It's in Monterosso , Italy
20 posted on 10/12/2012 9:48:26 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: SunkenCiv

You should be shot for that pun.


21 posted on 10/12/2012 10:41:08 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Churchillspirit

I have every ricochet that.


22 posted on 10/12/2012 4:22:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RummyChick

I’m glad they took those down, otherwise this structure would be really tacky. ;’)


23 posted on 10/12/2012 4:25:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PJ-Comix

It’s called a daylight basement.


24 posted on 10/12/2012 4:28:04 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/


25 posted on 10/12/2012 4:31:48 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: PJ-Comix

My first house was like that.

From the front it was one story,plus attic.

From the rear it was 2 stories,plus attic.

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26 posted on 10/12/2012 4:33:31 PM PDT by Mears
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To: PJ-Comix
Here is a really mysterious building. Note the sharp angle of the hillside. It was like the church building had to be built to conform with the angle of the hill which looks to take a chunk out of the right side of the church. Were adjustments made in the interior to take into account the hill?"

My parents' house in Western Pennsylvania is built into a much steeper hill than that. The hillside is dugout and there's no loss of interior space. What's at ground level on the front of the house (i.e. the garage entrance) is underground at the back of the house. The second floor at the front of the house is at ground level on the rear and opens into the back deck/patio.

27 posted on 10/12/2012 4:36:48 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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