Offbeat

By Josh Saunders


These are some of the final glimpses inside an eerie and abandoned art-deco bank left to rot for four decades that could be set for renovation.

The 144ft tall and 10-story Ramsay-McCormack building, in Ensley, Alabama, US, was formerly home to the Bank of Ensley, as well as the offices for US Steel and developers.

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The 88-year-old building that was kitted out in a classic art-deco style, closed its doors in 1979 and since has slowly deteriorated.

Now the formerly-impressive high-ceilings are covered in rot, marble stripped out and the once ornate patterns have crumbled from their foundations – as revealed in photographs by urban explorer Abandoned Southeast.

Two five-pointed stars mounted outside on the elevator penthouse, formerly a Christmas decoration stand rusted and a symbol of the long run-down history of the building.

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Despite remaining in legal limbo for many years, while it was determined whether or not to tear it down, last year a judge ruled renovation could be done as long as work is complete by 2019.

Having remained in its dying days for nearly four decades now, these are some of the final glimpses of the building before it is transformation into a public safety complex.

Abandoned Southeast said: “I did not expect the building to be so gutted. I was a little disappointed.

“Several years ago the city removed most of the Alabama marble inside as well as the asbestos.

“The pictures show the ornate rounded ceiling in the lobby.

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“The rooftop pictures show the iconic stars that have been on top of the building for decades. That’s how most people identify this building.

“A lot of people do not realize that the stars on top of the Ramsay McCormack building were originally just Christmas decor that was never removed.

“My favorite part was the rooftop where you could see over the entire dilapidated city of Ensley as well as the abandoned steel mill off in the distance.

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“I grew up just a short drive from Ensley and this building has been abandoned my whole life. It has always intrigued me. It’s also the tallest building in Ensley, Alabama.

“There’s a lot of history tied to the Ramsay McCormack building from being the former Bank of Ensley and the former headquarters of Tennessee Coal and Iron half a century ago.”