Concrete Building

Geizer's Hill

 

 
In the middle of nowhere. That's the best way to describe where this building is located.  More specifically, it is in the forested area roughly bounded by Main Ave., Geizer Hill Road, the Bicentennial Highway and Greenpark Close (see Google Map below).  But what is it? There are clues - this is the prime area of the city for radio towers and the concrete pads with metal anchors (see pictures below) suggest moorings for a large tower. Was it commercial or military?  What was the building used for? When was it built? When was it last used?  If you can help with any of these questions, please email me at webmaster@halifaxhistory.ca.

The place is probably better known in recent times as a place to party.  Known by many as "Spanish Fort" or "The Castle", the building was solidly constructed with thick concrete walls.  It obviously had two stories, a pitched roof and a chimney.  The most striking thing that comes to mind when you discover this place is, how was this built here?  There must have been a better path to this place when it was built.  Up until recently (April 2010) you would be lucky to get a dirt bike up here, let alone the kind of equipment that would have been necessary for this type of construction.

The isolation of this place is changing, however.  In the time between my first trek to this area on April 24, 2010 and my second trip to the area on May 3, 2010 (9 days), an entirely new road was forged through the forest.  It passes within feet of the old building and I suspect its days are definitely numbered, if its even still there.  In the video below, you can hear the sound of the heavy equipment in the background (you can see it in the background of some of the west/south-west facing shots). The construction relates to new development in the area, which you can read about here.

Once again, if you have any information about this building, amusing anecdotes, curious rumours, etc., please email me at webmaster@halifaxhistory.ca


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Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010

Photo above taken May 3, 2010


 

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