JACKSONVILLE, USA: EERIE pictures show the once-grand hotel that became a hive of drug activity and prostitution, now left to rot. The stunning snaps were taken at the Ambassador Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida by American photographer Leland Kent from Birmingham, Alabama. Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

Crack Hotel

By Mark McConville

 

DESPITE its touristic location in the Sunshine State of Florida this imposing hotel is far from ideal for a family holiday.

Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

Eerie pictures show the once-grand hotel that became a hive of drug activity and prostitution, now left to rot.

The chilling images show the cracked, peeling walls and crumbling staircases as the building lies in ruins.

Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

Other shots show a Mickey Mouse mural still overlooking the room he was painted in and writing all over the walls of a room where a woman chronicled her life.

Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

On the third floor, a woman named Carrie chronicled her life all over the walls of her apartment. She wrote about her daily life, her three children, and her attempts at finding work. Her story slowly flakes away as the paint chips off the walls. Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
On the third floor, a woman named Carrie chronicled her life all over the walls of her apartment. She wrote about her daily life, her three children, and her attempts at finding work. Her story slowly flakes away as the paint chips off the walls. Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

The stunning snaps were taken at the Ambassador Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida by American photographer Leland Kent from Birmingham, Alabama.

Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

“This is an abandoned hotel, 18 years after it was condemned by the city,” he said.

“During the late 1980s, the hotel was converted to low-income apartments, with rooms rented by the week.

“The Ambassador Hotel became the site of multiple drug busts and prostitution raids.  In 1992, 50 blocks of the adjacent LaVilla neighborhood were condemned and demolished as a revitilization project. Many of the residents from the LaVilla neighborhood moved to the Ambassador Hotel.

Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

“In 1997, the building was cited for numerous code violations during a crack cocaine raid. Police discovered a hidden closed circuit surveillance system on the fifth floor to warn residents of incoming police or drug sales.”

Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

The Ambassador Hotel was officially condemned in 1998. Plans to renovate the hotel in 2005 never materialised.

In 2009, a Jacksonville businessman had an $8 million plan to turn the abandoned apartments into the Ambassador Lofts which included 50 apartments and retail space.

Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

“Property safety officials found cracked walls, faulty wiring, and locked fire escape doors among hundreds of other violations,” said Leland.

“The owner was given fifteen days to make thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs to bring the building into compliance or face fines and possible condemnation. Some code violations dated as far back as 1991.”

Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com
Leland Kent / mediadrumworld.com

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For more information see www.abandonedsoutheast.com

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