Catherina Press Offices

THE ABANDONED OFFICES IN BELGIUM

‘Catherina Press Offices’ was an abandoned printing office in the Belgian city Brugge. The offices were built in 1922 and named ‘Sainte Catherine’ at the time.

In 1936 a new hall is built to house more modern presses. During my visit, the old presses are ready to be taken to a museum, but nobody seems to care. The dust settles on the old machines and the first rust spots are showing. This old printing office has been abandoned in 2006. On the cellar floor I found hundreds of books, printings for the church, advertisements and school books. The history of this business all piled up as rubbish. The buildings are also known as X-press, the nickname it was given by urban explorers.

The offices in Brugge burned down several times in 2012. As a result the buildings dated from 1922 were demolished shortly after the fire. I took these photos of ‘Catherina Press Offices’ in 2010.

Built 1922
Abandoned 2006
Demolished 2012
Catherina Press Offices
Catherina Press Offices
Catherina Press Offices
Catherina Press Offices
Catherina Press Offices
Catherina Press Offices
Catherina Press Offices
Catherina Press Offices
Catherina Press Offices
Catherina Press Offices
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