I Visited Creepy Abandoned Steel Industry Headquarters And Captured These 12 Photos

I am Janine Pendleton, and I am an explorer of abandoned places. I travel the world in search of amazing lost locations and I photograph them to share with the world. I think there is much beauty in what humanity leaves behind when we move on and leave our ruins to be reclaimed by nature.

Even the mightiest buildings succumb to the ravages of time. This huge complex was once the administrative headquarters of one of the biggest steel companies in France. This was the repository of all the industry paper records, documenting the deals and finances over the decades. It was purpose-built in the 1890s to both store records as well as to showcase the company’s steelwork. The huge atrium boasts an impressive skylight. All that glass and concrete is held up by the iron girders, which they manufactured in their own nearby steelworks. The French steel industry collapsed in the 1980s, and the offices were closed and left to decay.

The bold atrium is the main attraction here for a photographer of industrial ruins such as myself. However, the rest of the labyrinthine building is amazingly photogenic. I spent several hours exploring the corridors and rooms. I savored the atmosphere and captured this place in 12 photos. I hope you enjoy them!

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Upstairs, An Interesting Relic Can Be Found: A Vintage Typewriter

Upstairs, An Interesting Relic Can Be Found: A Vintage Typewriter

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Demongrrrrl5 days ago

Ooh, I want that typewriter!2ReplyView more comments#2 

Ornate Metalwork Supports The Glass-Covered Atrium

Ornate Metalwork Supports The Glass-Covered Atrium

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Billy The Kid6 days ago

All that hard work building that manually now it has retired.6ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

More Of The Steel Company’s Metalwork Can Be Seen To Form The Stair Handrails And Elevators

More Of The Steel Company's Metalwork Can Be Seen To Form The Stair Handrails And Elevators

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sandra tison6 days ago

Beautiful blending of art and function. People had pride in their craftsmanship.5ReplyView more comments#4 

The Long Dark Corridors Have Been Abandoned Since The 1980s

The Long Dark Corridors Have Been Abandoned Since The 1980s

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mulk1 week ago

Imagine 2 twins girls… “do you want to play with us?”5ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#5 

The Atrium Of This Administration Office Is A Wonder To Photograph, Even In Ruins

The Atrium Of This Administration Office Is A Wonder To Photograph, Even In Ruins

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Billy The Kid6 days ago

Looks like the Lions den. You stand in the middle then they open the cages.4ReplyView more comments#6 

Even The Darkest Corner Offers Some Interesting Photographic Opportunities, Thanks To Some Gentle Evening Light

Even The Darkest Corner Offers Some Interesting Photographic Opportunities, Thanks To Some Gentle Evening Light

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Annie5 days ago

Yes, that staircase is intriguing indeed!1ReplyView more comments#7 

Viewing The Atrium From The Upper Floor, More Details Of The Metalwork Can Be Admired

Viewing The Atrium From The Upper Floor, More Details Of The Metalwork Can Be Admired

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Seabeast5 days ago

This would make a great restaurant, with natural light pouring in.4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

Yellow Paint Still Clings To This Stairway, As Concrete And Plaster Crumble

Yellow Paint Still Clings To This Stairway, As Concrete And Plaster Crumble

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Billy The Kid6 days ago

Wondering what that round window is for under the stairway4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#9 

The Immense Skylight Is Still Standing Strong, A Testament To The Fine Steelwork This Company Produced

The Immense Skylight Is Still Standing Strong, A Testament To The Fine Steelwork This Company Produced

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Catlady60006 days ago

This would be beautiful on a wall-say a 6ft x 8ft print2ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#10 

The Architecture Of The Location Is Stunning, With The Subdued Colours Allowing The Diverse Textures Of Decay To Dominate The Photographs

The Architecture Of The Location Is Stunning, With The Subdued Colours Allowing The Diverse Textures Of Decay To Dominate The Photographs

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Annie5 days ago

The shapes, textures and colors are intriguing!1Reply#11 

These Shelves Were Once Packed With The Financial Records Of This French Steel Empire

These Shelves Were Once Packed With The Financial Records Of This French Steel Empire

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R Carson5 days ago

love those shelves.4Reply#12 

Only A Few Scraps Of The Paperwork Remain, On Shelves That Are Mainly Empty

Only A Few Scraps Of The Paperwork Remain, On Shelves That Are Mainly Empty

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I am Janine, an outgoing English girl living in Manchester. I am a scientist, photographer, blogger and all-round geek. I am also a travel addict!I travel the world in search of abandoned relics and lost treasures. I have an insatiable drive to document these amazing decaying places, before they disappear forever. My goal is to always present images alongside historical write-ups. I think exploring the stories of these places gives important context to these images.Please click the “Contact” link to view my website/social media links, or contact me directly. Read more »

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