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Inside Philly’s Abandoned Budd Manufacturing Plant with Jimmy O’Donnell

October 1, 2013


A conglomeration of 20 buildings totaling 2.4 million square feet on 75 acres, this is the former Budd Co. plant…

More photos below!


And check out below for some awesome shots by Philly-area photographer, Jimmy O’Donnell… (Seriously though, dude’s one of my favorite photographers in the city – follow him on Instagram – if you weren’t already.)


Find more explorations into Abandoned Philadelphia HERE!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2013 7:07 pm

    This is Incredible. Really impressive photos.

  2. Nadiyah Shakur permalink
    November 25, 2013 8:12 pm

    I used to do security there…wow, the memories…GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!! Looking forward to more photos, I always wondered what the inside of the divine loraine looked like, I love your work!

  3. Bob Karstens permalink
    February 12, 2014 12:29 pm

    Worked at Budds for thirty years and I recognize almost all of the pictures. I along with other maint. workers got to work on all the floors including the roof. Even the picture of the elevator room. We were the Riggers, Welders ,burners and millwrights. We fixed what was broke.
    Great job with the pictures. Congratulations for bringing back so many good memories.
    As the saying goes, If you love what you are doing! You never work a day in your life.
    At Budds! I never worked a day in my life.

    • May 4, 2017 9:08 pm

      Wow! These pictures are great. My father worked there too. We used to wait outside to pick him up. Jorge Galev. Did you know him? He loved working there too. Always came home whistling.

  4. April 14, 2014 6:52 pm

    i also worked there for 30 years in several job boy is it sad to see it in that kind of shape (budds) dan brady

  5. James A. Zeek permalink
    April 22, 2014 8:56 pm

    It’s a crime what our own government policies have done to our great manufactureing plants and blamed it on the workers. I served my apprenticeship at BUDD 1966-1970. They were training about 50 skilled tradesmen a year then. 7,000 Hunting Park Plant and 3,500 Red Lion Plant employees in Philly alone. Worldwide sales, engineering innovations, and plants in at least 5 other cities. Government regulations, trade treaties (NAFTA,GATT, etc.), and our government involvement with the World Trade Organization closed this plant and 100’s of others, costing millions of good paying jobs to leave our country. Meanwhile the government and news media blame the American Worker, not the governments interference.

  6. sam permalink
    May 27, 2015 11:30 am

    Wow it has deteriorated alot since when I visited there in 2009 when it was bought by someone and trying to rent out some of the space in the back.

  7. Nyeta allen permalink
    June 11, 2015 2:57 pm

    These are great shots love them I love the building also. I’m a fashion designer and I just did a project in there also I would love to share with you . Just let me know . Email me . Take care

  8. JOHN permalink
    November 30, 2015 4:08 pm

    i also retired from budds, work production & assembly. also sanitation , office in planning.spent quality times at BUDDS.

  9. Michelle Marovich permalink
    January 11, 2016 9:39 am

    My father Stan Marovich worked at Budd in Philly for several years. Very sad to see it in this condition.

  10. July 2, 2016 9:29 am

    Thanks for these pictures. I love the railroad cars that build. I am a retired railroad engineer and took some the Amfleet cars to New York to be used in service.

  11. Ed Myers permalink
    July 11, 2016 5:18 am

    43 years working there. Where did the time go. Made a good living at The Budd Co. These jobs are all gone Thank you USA government.

  12. daniel brady permalink
    July 11, 2016 3:32 pm

    spent 32 years at the budd boy i sure miss it wish it was still there …..

  13. Susan permalink
    August 3, 2016 4:46 pm

    My father started at Budd’s in 1933, fresh out of the Marine Corps, and he retired in 1976. He was Quality Control Manager of the Automotive Division. I can only say I’m glad he and my mother didn’t live to see this. Sad.

  14. Tylea permalink
    June 23, 2018 1:26 pm

    Reblogged this on Something wild.


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