The Capital City of Industrial Architecture
In the middle of Poland, there is a city. The city is unfortunately forgotten by tourists. Some people find this city ugly and underestimate its beauty. This city is called Łódź. If you haven’t heard about it, you should read this article, because here we will show a lot of interesting facts and photos.
At the end of the 19th century, the industry in Łódź had begun to grow. The biggest manufactories were built then, for example, Ludwik Geyer’s complex, where the steam engine was used first time in Poland. Actually, Łódź was the capital city of the Polish industry. Many spinning mills were established at that time. The production of woolen, linen, silk, rubber, textile machines, and others were also developed.
Unfortunately, the First World War interrupted the development of the industry in Łódź. The textile industry was in a state of crisis throughout the interwar period. Currently, none of the spinning mills works, but beautiful, abandoned buildings remind of their glory days.
Urban Exploration in Łódź
Nowadays, Łódź is full of abandoned buildings, especially factories. We had seen a lot of pictures from Osser’s or Grohman’s spinning mills and we made a decision to travel to Łódź. During our trips, we’ve found three spinning mills, two palaces power plant, and one marvelous power plant. Each of them has its own story and impresses with its beauty. The beautiful industrial architecture will be remembered for a long time. In this blog, we will share with you all of our experiences and photos, so follow us. This time, we would like to show you our first object seen in Łódź – Grohman’s Spinning Mill, also known as Abandoned Uniontex Factory.
Abandoned Factory Uniontex
This building is located in Księży Młyn – the beautiful district of Łódź, full of red brick buildings. The factory building was erected in 1888 for Henryk Grohman, the oldest son of the company founder – Traugott.
This four-story cotton mill was designed by architect Hilary Majewski.
Inside were three halls supported on iron poles. We can only imagine how dynamically this factory operated. We regret that we could not see it.
We consider that Uniontex is one of the most beautiful abandoned factories, but unfortunately is systematically destroyed and stolen by scrap metal collectors. It’s so sad because none of the devices, typical for industrial buildings, have been preserved. Anyway, we can still admire the astonishing industrial architecture.
Abandoned Photography in Grohman’s Cotton Mill
From this place, we took breathtaking pictures. Although there are no steam engines there, you can find there many interesting things. Broken brick walls are beautiful in their way. Graffiti, which could be found as vandalism, looks there like a piece of art and matches the atmosphere of the place. We were excited about visiting each floor. That was amazing! Now we are sure, that urbex in Łódź is magical and we will return here many times. We hope you’ll enjoy the photos.