CONCRETE CITY

Hey everyone, this past week I was looking for a new site to photograph for class and I stumbled upon what’s known as concrete city in Nanticoke, PA. There’s no marked road that leads to these concrete houses. They lie behind some residential homes and you have to take your car up a steep, unpaved hill. It was honestly the creepiest thing in the world (as I was by myself) but I would highly recommend checking it out with your friends!

For more background history, I read through an article (https://www.theodysseyonline.com/hidden-history-concrete-city-nanticoke-pa) which talked about the origin of these houses, “tucked into the woods on the outskirts of Nanticoke lies an antiquated housing complex, created in the early 20th century. Concrete City, as it is now known, is arguably the first example of tract housing, a building style in which multiple similar houses were constructed and subdivided into individual lots. Constructed in 1911 and abandoned by 1924, the structures can be found today in a now overgrown lot surrounded by thick foliage”.

The concrete houses proved to have several design flaws and attempts to destroy them with dynamite were futile (funny enough) which is why these houses still stand today.

I had my 4×5 camera that I’m borrowing for class with me and I had to carry it down a steep slope in order to get closer shots of the houses (shown in the images right above…the tripod is circled in red for scale). As mentioned above, while shooting by myself, I felt like I was being watched the entire time and it was an unnerving experience. Nevertheless, I’m glad I went as I’m always up for driving somewhere new and bringing a camera or two with me. I hope you all have a great week!

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