Old & Abandoned: Grove Court Apartments

The old and abandoned Grove Court Apartments have quite the history, and yet they lay lifeless—open to the elements and in danger of becoming just a note in someones lost journal. If your interested in the details surrounding these apartments than read Ben’s comments on my previous post, “Abandoned Apartment Complex“. For additional images, view the gallery below.

7 Replies to “Old & Abandoned: Grove Court Apartments”

  1. These images are amazing to see. How did you ever manage to go in there, and was there anyone with you? I hope you were not crazy enough to go into this place alone. Although you always were the adventurous boy. It’s good to hear from you and I hope all is well with your family.


  2. Beautiful pictures. Have you seen the series of photographs done of Detroit? Amazing. I’ll see if I can find them. Here you go. You’ve probably already seen them… http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1882089,00.html

    There is something so amazing about pictures like that. The silence seems to whisper to us, to haunt us. Do we hear long-ago laughter, babies crying, newlyweds dreaming? What did it feel like to nail up the first picture onto the wall? I want to know their stories.


  3. @Linda – Thank you for the kind words, and no—I did not go venturing alone into these buildings. I took a close friend with me as a second pair of eyes.

    @Daisy – Thanks, and yes I’ve seen the Detroit images. I’d love to have the opportunity to go places like that and shoot. I do have plans for several road trips, but it never seems to happen. Perhaps one of these days I’ll slow down enough to enjoy photography again. Until then, it will be work with it’s few bright moments.


  4. These shots are good, and I like your abandoned location idea. Sounds like a good idea for a digital magazine or coffee table book.


  5. I’ve always loved these apartments and wished they would refurbish them or, failing that, demolish them. It’s like seeing a once beautiful and proud person on a feeding tube; getting better or pulling the plug either one is an improvement.
    Their history from Alabama’s Most Endangered Sites 2009:
    History of them from Alabama’s Most Endangered Sites:

    “Constructed in 1947 by local architect Clyde Pearson, Grove Court stands out in the capitol city as a r…are example of the International Style. Melanie Betz, architectural historian for the AHC remarks, “Its long rectilinear form, taut plane surfaces devoid of ornamentation, brick and concrete construction, flat roof, cantilever balconies, corner windows and bands of metal casement windows are hallmarks of the style.”
    Despite the high level of integrity, the apartments are today in a deplorable condition. The complex had been under contract in 2007 by investors wanting to renovate it into condos, but this promising deal fell through before anything got started.
    Now open to vagrants and the elements, and with a demolition notice looming from the city, the future of Grove Court is very much in peril. The current owners now have it on the market. With new ownership and a new renovation plan, this “recent past” landmark in Montgomery may ultimately be saved.”


  6. PS- If Urban Exploring is your thing, you should check out the Lunatic Asylum in Milledgeville, Georgia. It was once the largest mental hospital in the world (almost 20,000 patients) with the world’s largest kitchen, swimming pool, and other Guinness Records. A cleanup of the snakepit conditions in the 1960s reduced the population to less than 1,000. Today it’s mostly abandoned and looks like a postapocalyptic college campus. http://hauntednorthamerica.webs.com/milledgeville.htm

    The machinery shop from this mine in Macon, GA, in this set from facebook is also cool. Looks like something from a Tim Burton movie both inside and out. http://www.facebook.com/hercoleman/posts/117736308311833#!/media/set/?set=a.1886959374831.112330.1266835883


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