This rundown building in Gloucester, MA is the former Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory. It was originally built in 1863, and was known for making the only bottom paint for boats in the United States. That paint covered the bottom of fishing boats, and kept all manner of living things from growing into, and eventually destroying, the wooden hulls. Prior to its invention, boats were sheathed in metal, which was far more costly.
After years of mixing its paint in this building, it accumulated several inches of paint made of copper, lead, arsenic, cadmium and a host of other unsavory metals on the floor and walls, and was eventually closed in 1985.
This image was taken from across the harbor with a telephoto lens on a windy day, and this site has since been on my list for a more intimate exploration. There has been much discussion about tearing it down over the past few years, so I’ll need to get back soon to have any hope of getting some more images. That’s if I’m not too late already.