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About Antiquity Echoes

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Rusty Tagliareni and Christina Mathews have been documenting abandoned historical properties throughout the United States for well over a decade. In 2009 this website 'Antiquity Echoes' was launched, dedicated to archiving these locations and raising public awareness about the plight befalling these beautiful and often significant buildings. Along the way Rusty and Christina have formed close bonds with numerous historical societies and preservation groups. Their work has been featured in and on many websites, newspapers, and magazines, as well as on the television show 60 Minutes.

In 2015 Rusty and Christina released a nationally-distributed coffee table book through Skyhorse Publishing titled “ Antiquity Echoes: A Photographed Tour of Abandoned America ”, which, like the website it's named after, shares with readers the sombre beauty found in the ruins of modern day America. Rusty And Christina were also 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 2015 Rusty and Christina presented at 'PreservationWorks', a national historic asylum conference, on the topics of preserving our nation's few remaining historic asylum complexes, and re-purposing them for future use beyond their initial roles as hospital centers. In the days following the conclusion of the conference a nonprofit organization called 'PreservationWorks' was created, with Rusty and Christina as founding members. PreservationWorks operates as a national advocacy group with the purpose of protecting the country's last remaining Kirkbride institutions.

In 2016 Rusty and Christina released the bestselling “ Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital ”, a book in Arcadia publishing's 'Images of America' series. From the back cover - “The Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital was more than a building; it embodied an entire era of uniquely American history, from the unparalleled humanitarian efforts of Dorothea Dix to the revolutionary architectural concepts of Thomas Story Kirkbride. After well over a century of service, Greystone was left abandoned in 2008. From the time it closed until its demolition in 2015, Greystone became the focal point of a passionate preservation effort that drew national attention and served to spark the public's interest in historical asylum preservation.”

Rusty and Christina are also 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". Typically their work with the magazine focuses upon abandoned places in and around New Jersey, and their histories. A few notable locations Antiquity Echoes has contributed to Weird NJ include Overbrook Asylum, Penn Hills Honeymoon Resort, Woodland Cemetery, and the Nathaniel White Murder House.

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