I was pleasantly surprised to find this abandoned office space with such neat light fittings...and I was even more surprised to see a HID lamp poking out of the lantern to the far right! There are about ten of these dotted throughout the room and about half have their shades missing or smashed. This particular building dates back to the 1870's with the décor and lighting looking to be from the 1940's, 1950's...I'm thinking that perhaps these lanterns started life out with incandescent lamps in them and have since crossed over to self ballasted HID's at some stage - it's only a thought, I'd love to hear other peoples thoughts. This building was once the 'Foundry/steel works' in my hometown of Toowoomba. The site is HUGE, think of about half a dozen or more Walmart stores joined together, and that is how big this place is. It was quite a national icon as it was a very big game player in distributing steel, motors and other assorted componentry to throughout Australia and the world. It also catered heavily for car manufacturers. Such a large operation for a factory located in a small town like Toowoomba. Unfortunately the 'Foundry' closed down about three years ago, mainly thanks to many Australian businesses deciding to import their required items. And so it is this place has stood vacant ever since. The machinery is long removed but the offices still remain mostly intact - desks, chairs, partitions, filing cabinets and other assorted office equipment that was just left there upon the sale of the building to a major Australian Hardware chain who plans to eventually redevelop it. Even paperwork relating to the former Foundry's financial and business paraphernalia remains there (you can see some on the bottom right corner wrapped up on a pallet). Since its vacancy the place has become an absolute palace for the homeless and troubled...I could hear people moving around inside when taking these photos and even saw a few people roaming around from the other side of the property. With all of this has come vandalism and loads of it as you can see by this photo. Although much of the offices are still equipped, they have been extensively trashed. There is just about not one window that has not been shattered, or door to the factory that has been kicked in or forced open. I was fortunate to take my photos through broken windows on the street frontage, which is great for me because I don't want to get caught trespassing, but more importantly if I were to go in there I may not ever be seen again! The place is a kingdom for other assorted vintage lighting from outdoor shovel heads, to fluorescent luminaires and high bay lighting dating back to the 1940's (going from other photos I have seen of the place before it closed).
Side note: I was a little freaked out when I saw the red smearing stains on the wall partition and floor on the right hand side adjacent to the door opening which is partially covered with the window string forefront - I'm not sure if it's blood or oil...whatever it is there sure is a lot of it :/