Beacon, New York is a strange town. Today it’s a quiet, artsy town with the Dia:Beacon art gallery at its core. Even twenty years ago it was a different place. A former industrial centre, its manufacturing base had collapsed. The city was a mix of faded grandeur and industrial architecture. Often right next to each other.
For instance, this coal silo stands immediately behind a church from 1869. It’s hard to know which building overshadows the other.
Though the silo is rusted and derelict, the plot of land is clearly still used.
The whole town is like this. Two entirely different towns occupying the same physical space. Maybe that’s why I’m so attracted to Beacon.
Derelict Coal Silo
Address: Tioronda & Van Nydeck Aves, Beacon, New York
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