All these buildings passed through a half-life. The three power stations featured here served as the backdrop to Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi film “Twelve Monkeys”. After the Peters factory stopped making ammunition, it was a store for RCA’s vinyl records and, later, booze. All the while, the wilderness has been creeping up. Unless people step in, it will take over and something beautiful will be lost.
Pictured: Port Richmond, Pennsylvania The coal silo and the conveyor that took coal up to the boilers from the moorings on the Delaware river. “We liked it because it was obviously supposed to be useful, but the idea had been to make something elegant out of it,” says Marchand