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This Was Once A Foundation Of American Culture, But Now? A Mere Shadow

In 1915, the Elks of New Castle, Pennsylvania, were the most increasing segment of the local population. The members of this community mostly came from a theatre or burlesque background. To accommodate their large growing, the Elks make a new, big and more luxurious lodge in their New Castle.

As the membership was cancelled in the 1980s, the Elks shifted to a small home and left their old lodge. It remained vacant until 2011, when the city of New Castle made the decision to destroy the building.

As it is about to be demolished, photographer from abandoned America, Matthew Christopher visited the lodge. He captured some fascinating photos and gave a glorious touch to the ancient building.

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This Was Once A Foundation Of American Culture, But Now? A Mere Shadow

This Was Once A Foundation Of American Culture, But Now? A Mere Shadow

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The glorious and beautiful old building across the street

The glorious and beautiful old building across the street

The way looks creepy.

The way looks creepy.

There were several rooms in this building like a meeting room, social room, a kitchen, a two-lane bowling alley, locker rooms, reading and writing rooms according to Lawrence County memoirs

There were several rooms in this building like a meeting room, social room, a kitchen, a two-lane bowling alley, locker rooms, reading and writing rooms according to Lawrence County memoirs

The house wasn't taken care by and hence it gradually got destroyed.

The house wasn't taken care by and hence it gradually got destroyed.

Only the memories are left now.

Only the memories are left now.

According to the photographer, this sphere hall is made this way because of the performing background of the members of Elk.

According to the photographer, this sphere hall is made  this way  because of the performing  background of the members of Elk.

There is one large oval room on the third floor of the building.

There is one large oval room on the third floor of the building.

As the house is being demolished, the walls break down.

As the house is being demolished, the walls break down.

The atmosphere is little eerie.

The atmosphere is little eerie.

The club manager's office must be a grand one.

The club manager's office must be a grand one.

According to Christopher, efforts were made by the people to save this historical building.

According to Christopher, efforts were made by the people to save this historical building.

The old bathroom doors.

The old bathroom doors.

Christopher made two trips, but in the second trip Christopher discovered that the demolition was undergoing.

Christopher made two trips, but in the second trip Christopher discovered that the demolition was undergoing.

The building was destroyed by the wrecking ball.

 The building was destroyed by the wrecking ball.

An amazing culture being turned to waste.

An amazing culture being turned to waste.

It feels bad to see these beautiful and old buildings to be destroyed instead of being preserved.

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