Have you ever wondered what's inside the abandoned and boarded-up buildings in your city? I always assumed they stood empty, aside from some cobwebs and a stray cat or two. If you're a fan of The Wire, then I'm sure you're thinking, perhaps a dead body. So it's not surprising to learn that a few have let their curiosity get the best of them. Chris from Studio Tempura, wandered into a deserted factory that wasn't so bare. With camera in hand, he captured some amazing pictures of a building steeped in history and frozen in time...
From what I can gather, the Lebow Clothing Factory was built in the 1930's and was the manufacturer of the high-end Lebow Clothes label, best known for its men's suits and sportcoat collection. At its peak in the 50's and 60's, it employed several thousand blue-collar workers in Baltimore until it closed its doors in 1985. The building was sold, but after sitting vacant for the last five years, the city seized the property. Currently, there is a lawsuit pending against the city over the seizure of the property. The pictures vividly tell a story of a city's bygone days. It's as if the factory workers punched their time card, went home for the day, and never returned.
(Images: Chris Folsom)