A couple weekends back, we checked out an abandoned building in Springfield that we'd been talking about on the forum for a while.
I met up with Anne and her friend that evening at parking lot nearby. Jojo Roberts had mentioned that he wanted to go, so we went by his store as we were heading down to the building. Jojo did want to go, but he was waiting on a couple friends to come back so he could close up. We waited around until they showed up, and when they did, one of the friends ended up wanting to go as well.
Once we were at the building, we walked around to one of the fire escapes and headed up to the roof. There was a small structure up there for the elevator equipment, but there didn't appear to be any way down into the elevator shaft. We moved some stuff around to be sure, but there was no hatch. Plus, there was no ladder on the wall of the shaft, so we couldn't have climbed down anyway.
Next, we continued to check out the roof. There was a tower-like building at one end that didn't contain anything. There was also a large chimney, about ten feet tall, in the middle of the roof that was missing a lot of the mortar in between the bricks. I decided to go ahead and climb up it, and I had someone toss up my camera. I could see and hear some birds roosting down inside the chimney, but there was no way I was going down the chimney without a rope.
After that, we headed back down to the ground and started walking the perimeter of the building. Sure enough, we found a broken window about head high that I was pretty sure I could squeeze through. I climbed up, struggled through it, and flopped down to the ground. I started walking through the dark, checking every door I came to until I found one I could open.
I had a fun idea as I exited the building. I ran the length of the building and crept around the corner to where everyone was standing by the window. Then, I yelled in a gruff voice, "What are you doing!" Everyone whirled with wide eyes, thinking they were busted, then started cursing when they realized it was just me.
I led them back around to the door, and we started exploring the building. The first floor was mostly gutted except for some random junk, but the basement was better. There was lots of old stuff down there, plus a huge boiler with big ornate doors. At some point, Jojo and his friend had to leave, so it was just the three of us.
We checked out the upper two floors after that. There really wasn't much there to see. There was a bit of discarded stuff and the old elevator still in the shaft. But even with the building mostly cleared out, it was still amazing. It was just a huge empty space supported by columns. It made me wish I could buy the thing and live in it like a big loft.
When we were ready to leave, Anne and her friend went out the door, and I locked it behind them. Then, I headed down to the window, and I heard them yelling for me as I got close. Apparently, some people down the road had seen them and were screaming that they were calling the cops. So, I bailed out the window as quick as I could, and we made a hasty retreat.
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