By Josh Saunders
Eerie images reveal the abandoned care-home for the homeless now a beautiful and derelict as nature reclaims the building.
The grand Truro-Shakspeare home once stood as a pristine pillar of society for New Orleans in Louisiana, USA, where it homed over 300 homeless people.
The lavish building with a 20-foot-tall domed ceiling, ornamental decorations and impressive courtyard now amassed in moss, tall-climbing vines and natural decay.
The concept was the dying wish of Judah Truro, a philanthropist, who hoped the vagrant populace could seek shelter at the home that was built in 1862.
After years focussed on primary care it was relocated to the Algiers in the 1930s, turning the building into a nursing home until being battered and left to rot after Hurricane Sandy two years ago.
Urban explorer Abandoned Southeast explored the impressive sight and maintains despite being abandoned holds beauty.
He said: “The Touro Shakspeare Home features stepped parapets, a prominent front portico, and diamond-pattern polychrome brickwork on the exterior.
“The courtyard area was quite a sight, the overgrowth covering the fountains and moss-covered bird baths resembled something out of a movie, more of a jungle with its overgrown trees and brush.
“The large columns on the front of the building are what immediately caught my eye. the columns around the interior courtyard were a nice surprise too.
“Obviously, the most impressive feature here is the ornate nondenominational chapel.
“Sadly, the pews have been destroyed and the stained-glass windows have been removed.
“The design combines elements of both Neo-Classical Revival and Jacobean Revival styles.
“Plus, the story behind the Touro Shakspeare Home is fascinating.”
Abandoned Southeast first admired the building while driving past it several years ago, later upon entering he was surprised to find a homeless man still dwelling inside.
He said: “While I was inside, the rain water was pouring through the exposed ceiling and running down the walls.
“A homeless man with a large Rottweiler dog was staying on the second floor, I saw the dog coming down the stairs towards me and it startled me.
“I wasn’t expecting to see a large black dog, but thankfully he was on a leash and the man quickly disappeared towards the other side of the building.
“I never saw them again even though we explored the remainder of the building.
“It is just a reminder you always have to be cautious when walking through any abandoned place, you never know what you may encounter.”
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