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Interesting Spaces

Sometimes you find yourself in an interesting spot.

Here we were exploring the powerplant at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital.

The boilers were nice and crusty, peely brick and rusty.

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Found a door that opened and decided that light painting would be fun.

so i set up a remote speedlight just inside the door way to light interior, and painted exterior w flashlight.

Unfortunately when i reached to get it, i managed to knock it over and it dropped down inside the boiler itself.

Leaning in to try to reach it i discovered that the opening was just wide enough for my body…

So I wiggled thru to get my speedlight, then looked about and realized what a cool space!

so decided to paint some more, with gels on my flashlight.

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had my wingman shine a light in the square observation portal on the wall.

It kinda gets lost in my bright lights.

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Don’t know what was inside, but it was pretty deep with flakes of some metal…

Fortunately i wore gloves… and a mask…!  😉

Now, would like to learn how these things worked!  Guessing flames came from the round openings, warming the water in the pipes that ran across the wall and ceiling..

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Adios, Oak Knoll Naval Hospital

The largest and last building on the base was taken out.  The only structure that remains is the historic Officers Club.

BEQ, gone. Post Office, gone. Gymnasium, gone.
Tennis courts, swimming pool, power plant, commissary, barracks, motor pool, misc offices – all gone.

Here is a slow time-lapse of the big event:

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but if you’d like to see it more in real-time, try this HD video:

Here’s a slideshow of my first and only visit on the base, May of 2010.

Neighbors, former patients and workers, all await the the next phase of the property.
Many are hopeful for some kind of memorial/marker that honors it’s military past.