Abandoned Administration Building, Hercules, Monochrome

Hercules, CA

This photograph agitates my senses and I am leaving it that way.  It was not my original intent.  Maybe this is the dilemma drug users face: you know it’s bad for you, but you keep doing it.

(click through on the image to view in 700px and hopefully avoid seizures)

As part of a planned photography day trip into the Bay Area specifically targeting historic buildings, a side trip to the little town of Hercules was a possibility.  Nestled just south of the Carquinez Strait, Hercules was epitome of what we call a “company town”.  Its sole existence was to house the workers of the Hercules Powder Company.  The company manufactured explosives and was relocated from Santa Cruz in the late 1800’s.  Unable to obtain approval from county supervisors from nearby San Francisco, the company purchased land, started a city (and a city council), and quickly passed ordinances allowing operations to begin.

These days, Hercules is a bedroom community where some remnants of the old Powder Company remain.  Some of the old residences were moved and fixed up while newer homes in coastal cottage styles fill the area near the waterfront.

The local press website has an image of the Administration Building in its heyday: >>HERE<<

Maybe the redevelopment of this area will include use of this building.  As of now, it is boarded up with a chain link fence surrounding it, mostly to keep out squatters.

Previous post from this shooting day:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 32mm, ISO 100, 1/125 sec, f/6.3

Abandoned Administration Building, Hercules, Monochrome.  Hercules, California.  November 04, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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