Take a peek behind the gate of Gasco, as the security guard provides a tour of this abandoned building deemed "impossible to access."
What is Gasco?
Drive north along Highway 30 out of Portland, Oregon, along the Willamette River, toward the majestic St. Johns Bridge, and you will see it looming on your right-hand side. A striking example of gothic architecture, left to decay with no hope for restoration and no plans for demolition, it captures the imagination: it could be a mad chemist's house; a hellfire club; the place where they hide the bodies. Some think it was an old train station, but those who know the history of the area know that the Gasco building, as it is often called, was the headquarters of Portland Gas & Coke, now NW Natural Gas.
Abandoned since the 1950s, the Gasco building has been heavily secured and guarded 24x7 for at least the past several years. The building is known to be a toxic Superfund site and requests for access by photographers, the media, and urban explorers have been repeatedly denied. Most passersby are lucky to get a shot from the access road before being chased off by security.
I am in no way affiliated with NW Natural Gas, the security guards who work at Gasco, the media, or anyone rich, famous, powerful, or otherwise able to help me gain access to this building. When my partner and I approached the Gasco building, we knew nothing of its history or its supposed inaccessibility. The security guard offered us a tour, which we recorded with a Sony Handycam, predominantly using its night-vision capabilities because the building is almost pitch-black inside. If funded, this project will enable us to share what we saw with anyone who has ever been curious to see behind the gate.
Help fund this project and take a peek inside Gasco.
The purpose of this project is to fund the printing of the photo documentary book, "Gasco: Behind the Gate."
The book will contain photographs, video stills, and narrative text, with which I hope to answer some of the questions that seem to linger around this building:
Why does an abandoned building need 24x7 security?
What does the inside look like?
Is it as dirty, derelict, asbestos-filled, and falling-apart as everyone has heard it is?
Is it true that no one gets into this building -- or is it more apt to say that no one gets out?
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Postcard from Gasco (an original photograph of the building, printed as a postcard).
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A copy of the book "Gasco: Behind the Gate," signed by the author, plus original dvd footage from the tour of the Gasco building.
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