The Lime Kiln towers were a part of former steel factory. The factory went bankrupted and most of its buildings devastated after an unsuccessful privatisation during the 1990s.
Four Lime kiln towers were built between 1927 - 1929, the fifth in 1940. Three towers are partially preserved (metal parts were all but stolen). In 2008 they became state protected technical landmark.
Photo by Petr Topič
It is truly a strange thing when a steam pipe bursts under an abandoned building in the dead of winter, but that’s exactly what happened under the Clinic Building at Greystone Park State Hospital in 2007, a month before the building was unceremoniously knocked down. The steam congregated near the ceiling of the abandoned asylum infirmary, condensing on the pipes and dripping down in regular patterns - and creating these ice stalagmites. An hour after taking this photograph, demolition workers came into the building and chased us through the tunnels; we had to hide in an attic in 0 degree weather for hours while cops searched for us. The next time I drove out there, there was no trace that a building had ever stood in this spot.