Cranfield House

Sometimes you are in just the right place with a camera and at other times you have your camera and the door of an abandoned house is unlocked.

Cranfield House was was built some time between 1902 & 1913 (the records are murky), and was once the ornate home of William Harris, the founder of W. Harris and Co. that made fertilizers and glues from animal carcasses and the factory was in part “staffed” by inmates of Toronto’s Don Jail. In 1930 the house was sold to the Salvation Army and became Bethany House, a home for pregnant teenagers. In 2013, Cranfield House was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and is as of writing undergoing modest renovations to be retrofitted for condominium use.


abandoned farm

I was visiting my in-laws in Culross Ontario a few weeks ago and they told me about this abandoned farm a mile up the road from their new house (a renovated school house from the late 1800’s, complete with the original bell!). I had an hour just before the magic hour to walk the perimeter. I am definitely going to bring some colour film when I go back and a space suit for the mosquitoes!

All photos shot with a Rolleiflex E2, on Ilford HP5 400 and developed with Pyrocat HD.