Abandoned SFO Terminal

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Thanks to Twitter friend Dan Sleezer, I was made aware of a fantastic set of photos from Lost America on Flickr featuring an abandoned terminal set for demolition at San Francisco International Airport.  Check out the set here.

For those of you who know me, abandoned airfields are a particular passion of mine. I have always been intrigued with structures of the past that become disused, abandoned, and eventually gone for good. I frequent Paul Freemans "Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields" site and even contributed significantly to the listing there for Woodward Field in Le Roy, NY, near where I grew up.

I was quite possibly one of the few people that regularly visited the site of the former Nathaniel Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH.  Hawthorne was something of a "sister" school to my alma mater Daniel Webster College and closed in the late 90′s.  It was created around the same time in the 60′s as DWC. It had a flight program similar to DWC and was about the same size.  Even their administration building looked very much like Daniel Webster Hall.

All that’s left of the college now are some of the buildings reused as a meditation school — while other buildings are merely foundations.  In the case of the great library, it sits abandoned and completely gutted — ceiling falling in and windows broken. To me, the sight of the college in its current state gave me particular passion to make sure my college, Daniel Webster, would never succumb to a similar fate.

See a video tribute to Hawthorne here.

It may be sad to see abandoned places, but I seem to find a certain purpose in it. It reminds me that all things on the earth, including us, have limited time here.  We need to appreciate things while they are here and get the most out of that time we are here while we still can.

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One Response to “Abandoned SFO Terminal”

  1. Dan

    Ryan,
    Thanks for the mention. Every day that I go to work at ORD, I wonder what it will look like long in the future…….

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