Elegant Decay: Admirals' Row

I have always been drawn to crumbling grandeur - the cracks in the veneer that betray a history and an imperfection. Give me flaking lacquer over fresh paint any day.
For my fellow travelers who also enjoy this aesthetic, here is a treat.

Admirals' Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

This stretch of ten residential houses was built for high-ranking Navy officers and their families between 1864 and 1901. Decommissioned by the Navy in 1966 and fully abandoned by the late 1970s, the structures have been slowly but surely rotting away.

Click here to read more about the site's history.

Click here, here and here to see more photographs full of romance and atmosphere.

Top photo, #3 by Nathan Kensinger; #2, #5, #6 by Jake Dobkin;#4 by Richard Nickel, Jr.