23 May 2013

From Above (Part the Sheraton)

Did I mention I am afraid of heights?  Tabula Rasa knows this, yet he didn’t voice any surprise when I said that I wanted to end the day by climbing the 14 story Sheradon hotel for the view.  I avoid rooftops like nobody’s business, but I wanted photos of Gary from above so I was going to have suck it up and deal.

I’m also horribly out of shape, where TR isn’t.  The climb had me huffing and puffing and I was saying (the whole way up) “I’m not gonna make it!” but I did.  Once there I had to quell the panic about being on a rooftop, much less one 14 stories up.

Sheraton rooftop

I managed to get a pretty decent shot Gary City Hall though.

gary city hall

Looking south down Broadway, this town has seen better days.  This was around 5 in the afternoon on a Saturday, just look at all that traffic!  No really, that is a lot of traffic!

looking south on broadway

One of the little treats of this climb was getting to see from on high something that has always given me a little laugh.  You see, when the old post office was falling into disrepair they built a new one, right next door to the old one. In the grand tradition of Gary the old post office was boarded up and forgotten about.  But there it is, right next its replacement.

gary post offices old and new

Looking north you have the courthouse with Gary Steel Works and the expressway.

courthouse

Of course, right next door to the Sheraton we have the Genesis Convention Center.

genisis convention center

In the distance you can see the Knights of Columbus building, and even further away is the Ambassador Arms and way off in the haze is St. Mary Mercy hospital (look right behind the KoC building).

This is the city we have spend the last few years poking around in.  It is nearly a ghost town at this point and should US Steel ever shutter their operation here it will die completely.   It is still a beautiful town in many ways and there are some nice neighborhoods here and there.  The people of Gary have always been kind to us and we’ve never had any problems, even the one homeless person we’ve met was a nice guy.

Gary Indiana will always have a special place in my shriveled little curmudgeonly heart.  It has given me a lot of great memories, and a host of great images.

Comments

  • neverphoto
    May 23, 2013 Reply

    I remember driving the interstate one night and watching either clouds… or smoke… waft across the city hall dome. I’m pretty sure it was smoke from the steel plants.

    • idiotphotographer
      May 26, 2013 Reply

      or smoke from a burning building 🙂
      the steel mill does put out some pretty great steam, though I’ve never seen it fully cross the expressway before.

      • neverphoto
        May 26, 2013 Reply

        Oh, you need to go again. 🙂

        • idiotphotographer
          May 27, 2013 Reply

          HA! We go to Gary pretty often, at this point I think we’ve stuck our faces into every major abandonment the city has to offer.

  • Sometimes Interesting
    May 23, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for taking us on this virtual tour through Gary. I feel like I’ve been there and I see what you mean about that certain charm. The more I read about the history of the town, the more I appreciate what I see.

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