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Inside Philly’s Abandoned Tastykake Factory with Ruin Porn

March 27, 2013

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(photos by Ruin Porn)

Tastykake Co., the beloved Philly brand (whose Butterscotch Krimpets my dad has been eating for breakfast for about as long as I can remember, and) who are now located in South Philly’s Navy Yard, seem to have some left overs up in their original Hunting Park location… Or at least the people they sold their factory to have… But lucky for you (if you’re as into this sort of thing as I am,) one of my newest Philly obsessions, Ruin Porn, has done us all the favor of risking her life to get us some AMAZING photos of this quickly, very quickly in fact, decaying building. But first, a little back story…

Two months after a fire at their landmark factory on the 2900 block of West Hunting Park avenue in 2010, Tastykake sold it and its surround land to TKMG Associates and their guarantor, Metro Development Company. And while a groundbreaking on a 220,000-square foot shopping center dubbed ‘Bakers Square’ did take place exactly two years ago this month with hopes of coming to a completion by 2012, that project has obviously yet to be fully realized. The latest estimates (at least that I could find) for its opening are now slated for the Fall of 2013.

Today (or at least a month or two ago when these photos were taken,) the building is in a deep decline. Ruin Porn, who’s more typically used to exploring buildings that have been abandoned for at least a few decades, told me she was actually really shocked by the state of things inside the old Tastykake factory considering it had only been vacant for a relatively short amount of time. Evidenced by the photos you see here. In addition to the decay, there was a very creepy room she found and nicknamed “the party room,” which was an old employee lounge of some kind that showed obvious signs of recent alcohol and drug use. It was surreal, she added, mixed in the Tastykake setting.

More photos…

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See Ruin Porn’s adventure inside the late Edison High School, Philadelphia’s forgotten castle HERE!

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Joseph S. permalink
    March 27, 2013 6:02 pm

    “…the beloved Philly brand (who is Butterscotch Krimpets my dad has been eating…” No! It’s WHOSE Not who’s, which is short for who is.

    • March 27, 2013 9:34 pm

      Thanks, Joe! I’ve just made the update. Not sure how I missed that.

  2. April 2, 2013 2:28 pm

    Reblogged this on walkingphilly and commented:
    More great photos, this time of TastyKake’s previous factory. Shows again what we’re losing in Philadelphia, and what the city’s willing to waste while tacky or bland condo towers continue to spring from streets of Center City.

    And, to my wonderful Chicago-residing-Philly-native-TastyKake-loving friend, yo! :)

  3. Matt permalink
    April 3, 2013 6:40 pm

    I worked there and was there when the company built the new bakery and then was bought. This post made me really sad.

  4. April 4, 2013 2:31 pm

    That couch is in really good conditions!

  5. April 19, 2013 8:38 am

    Awesome venue and I love the shots. I agree with the comments that there is something profoundly sad about what these abandoned factories represent, but there is something fantastic and fanciful about them too. As a fellow the-streets-are-beautiful Philadelphian, I’d love to tag along and snap next time you do a similar shoot.

  6. May 24, 2013 10:58 pm

    Do you know what the plans are for the factory?

  7. Don Whitelock permalink
    August 1, 2013 5:36 pm

    I spent 32 years of my life at this facility. I never thought I would see it in this condition.

  8. August 1, 2013 7:35 pm

    You need to get rid of that disgraceful mayor.

  9. chris permalink
    August 7, 2013 9:43 pm

    its a shame, but the one to blame for this is the company that brought it and promised to make it something. If t.k. would of kept up with keeping the building in good condition it would of still been tastykake today

  10. Jessica Handzus permalink
    August 9, 2013 5:35 pm

    I had family that worked at Tastykake for years, and I worked there for 10yrs. It’s a shame to see it in that condition.

  11. Sean permalink
    September 20, 2013 9:18 am

    Yo it’s kool what you guys do but it’s not kool when you blow up spots by posting the names and addresses of these places…you gotta keep these places low key or else the spot will just get blown up by toys and eventually the place will get closed up..So try and keep some mystery to things..

    • September 20, 2013 2:12 pm

      Thanks, man!

      Yeah, I see what you’re saying. But I never post anything you couldn’t find out on Google in 10 seconds or less (like the addresses of these places.) The Tastykake Factory, for one, has been explored by so many people, and its address is published all over the Internet. I don’t think there’s much mystery there.

      That said, I do make it a point to never post photos or talk about how I/we got into these places, which I think is the real valuable thing to keep close to the vest. You know?

      Either way, thanks for your thoughts, man.

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