On Saturday a few of DCUE were meeting down at the old Franklin School building in Washington DC. The building is going to be restored but prior to this an organization, details here, had the ingenious idea of getting urbexers in to photograph the building and upload their images for a contest. Of course many of us flocked to the site, the opportunity to capture an abandoned building without trespassing was awesome, as was being allowed to explore one of DC's treasures which I discovered was steeped in history.
article here, and is now empty again awaiting its transformation into an arts center. Unfortunately with today's decor trend leaning towards minimal and white environments, the development doesn't look the least bit appealing or interesting, in my view.
information is here.
We had all signed up for an hour's time slot out of a three offered, and I got there early to find parking, which amazingly, turned out to be a spot directly opposite the building. A car pulled out just as I arrived. The building was cold as I entered but already alive with activity. I met a few of the crew who were just finishing their shift and then made my way upstairs, following a delicious waft of coffee that beckoned me from above.
called Compass Coffee, was delicious and really hit the spot. I'm pretty sure the coffee he was handing out was the Cardinal blend.