Photo Essay: The Lonely Caverns Where Clevelanders Used to Work

These photos were taken by Cleveland photographer and urban explorer Kevin Smith. He writes at BornCirca1979.

Below is the Warner and Swasey building on East 55th and Carnegie in Cleveland. For 100 years, they made telescope parts in this building, before closing in 1980. There have been talks about making it into a tech center.



On to Westinghouse Electric, on West East 58th Street. This building employed 560 workers in 1960, according to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. At the time it was Westinghouse’s world headquarters for lighting. It relocated in 1979.


All images are the exclusive property of Kevin P. Smith and are protected under the United States and International Copyright laws.  The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of Kevin P. Smith.

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