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About Antiquity Echoes






Underneath the overgrowth, cracked paint, and filth of ages
lie countless stories awaiting a sympathetic ear.


Our country's historic buildings are not simply the sum of their corporeal parts. Once put to use, these constructs often transcended their original purpose to become deeply entwined in the fabric of their local communities and national identities. Countless stories are embedded in their walls, linking us with those who came before, and those who will come after. Historic buildings – especially those with rich and complex stories, connect us with our past, offering vehicles to reflect on who we have been, and who we might yet become.

 


Rusty Tagliareni and Christina Mathews have been documenting abandoned historical properties throughout the United States for well over a decade. In 2009 this website was launched, dedicated to archiving these locations and raising public awareness about the plight befalling these beautiful and often significant buildings. Rusty and Christina are best selling authors of “Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital”, a book in Arcadia publishing's 'Images of America' series, and "Antiquity Echoes: A Photographed Tour of Abandoned America", a hardcover coffee table book by Skyhorse publishing on the subject of 'urban exploration' and the sombre beauty found in modern-day ruins.

Prior to its dissolution, Rusty And Christina were heavily involved with the Preserve Greystone movement, a grassroots organization founded to raise awareness and seek preservation of the disused Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, New Jersey. Utilizing their background in film and photography, they documented every pivotal moment in the fight to save the old asylum, including sit-down interviews with those involved with the efforts, former employees, and spokespersons for the private organizations who were interested in rehabilitating the old hospital for future use. They called the film “ Greystone's Last Stand ”. Though still in production, excerpts from the film were used to garner public support for the preservation effort.

In the spring of 2015 Rusty and Christina presented at 'PreservationWorks', a national historic asylum conference, and the first of its kind. The purpose of the event was to generate public awareness on the importance of preserving our nation's few remaining historic asylum complexes through adaptive reuse, and to network preservation groups from across the country in order to allow them shared assets to aid in their local fights. In the days following the conference a nonprofit organization called 'PreservationWorks' was created, with Rusty and Christina among the founding members. PreservationWorks operates today as a national advocacy group with the purpose of protecting the country's last remaining Kirkbride institutions.

In 2017 their book 'Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital' was nominated for two awards. One, by the 'New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance', and the other by the 'New Jersey Historical Commission', for "outstanding scholarly research and publications in New Jersey history."

Rusty and Christina are regularly involved with the publication 'Weird NJ', a bi-annual magazine billed as a "travel guide to New Jersey's local legends and best kept secrets". Their work with the magazine focuses upon the histories of abandoned locations in and around New Jersey. A few notable pieces by Antiquity Echoes have been Overbrook Asylum, Penn Hills Honeymoon Resort, Fall of the House of Findel, Woodland Cemetery, and the Nathaniel White Murder House. 




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