These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You… And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

British photographer Daniel Barter was traveling through the U.S. Northeast when he had an idea to explore some derelict public buildings that were left untouched since they were closed down.

In particular, Mr. Barter was interested in abandoned asylums, prisons and schools. Haunting though the buildings he visited certainly were, they also told stories about life in 20th Century America. Among other things, he saw bowling alleys, theatres, and even hairdressing salons in the buildings he visited. Here is a sample of the photos he took.

1. Al Capone’s cell in a Pennsylvania penitentiary gives a sense of what life was like in 20th Century American institutions.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

2. Plastic balls lay scattered across the floor at the asylum in New York. The pictures were taken by British photographer Daniel Barter.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

3. Dental equipment is left stood out to rot at this abandoned 20th Century asylum in New Jersey.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

4. The bleak hallways of one of the cell blocks at a penitentiary in Pennsylvania. Most of the buildings were left untouched since the day they closed their doors.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

5. An altar at a disused church in Pennsylvania found by Mr Barter is left to rack and ruin.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

6. This testing cell in New Jersey would have once tested jet engines but now it is derelict.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

7. Some asylums, like this sanatorium in New York, even came equipped with a hairdressing salon.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

8. There is no chance of getting a strike at this abandoned asylum in New York, as the pins are strewn across the floor.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

9. Bowling shoes still in the rack at an asylum in New York. Mr. Barter was surprised to see that an asylum would have a bowling alley.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

10. Photographer Daniel Barter travelled around the U.S. taking pictures of creepy abandoned buildings. This image shows a platform entrance to a central terminal in New York.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

11. Television sets are stacked on top of each other at a disused hotel in New York.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

12. Despite not hosting any more shows, this theatre in Connecticut still retains some features that show it was a once grand building.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

13. The lobby of this hotel no longer welcomes guests but instead has been abandoned.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

14. School assemblies would have once taken place in this hall at an elementary school in Pennsylvania but now the seats are starting to rot.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

15. Discarded furniture is strewn across the floor of this old church in Pennsylvania.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

16. This crumbling bedroom was once a guest room at a Masonic Lodge in New York, untouched since the building closed its doors.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

17. Photographer Daniel Barter, who captured these images, giving a sense of what life was like in institutions in 20th Century America.

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums, Prisons And Schools Will Haunt You... And Teach You What Life Used To Be.

Source: The Daily Mail.

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