2017-07-12

From space age technology to ruins: LighthouseNOW explores the former Teleglobe station

by Brittany Wentzell And Michael Lee

  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>One of the main buildings at the Teleglobe earth-satellite station. At one point a large ball dome would have sat at the top of this building. The road to the site is blocked to traffic and it&#8217;s about a kilometre walk down a former road to the main building.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>Reporter Michael Lee taking photos of the ruins of the station.</p>
  • <p>MICHAEL LEE PHOTO</p><p>Much of the site is littered with metal and some old equipment, but anything of value was pilfered or retrieved long ago.</p>
  • <p>MICHAEL LEE PHOTO</p><p>The site is not in good shape and it should be noted that pieces that were once attached to the walls or ceilings have since fallen down or hang overhead.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>Evening light spills into one of the more intact rooms of the station. Graffiti almost covers the entire building, some even in hard to reach places.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>Inside the main building. The ceiling is still an impressive framework of wood. Just a few years ago a staircase in the middle of the dome (accessible through the illuminated doorway) was still intact but it has since fallen apart.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>The floor of the breezeway is still intact in many places. It was just a few years since part of the hallway still stood on its own. The breezeway connected to several other buildings and satellites.</p>
  • <p>MICHAEL LEE PHOTO</p><p>Journalists Brittany Wentzell and Michael Lee took some time to do some long exposure photography inside the building.</p>

What was once a centre of technology and innovation now sits in ruin, an adventure for the curious and a playground for graffiti artists and fans of urban decay.

The Teleglobe earth-satellite station was built in Charleston in 1963. The creation of the Canadian Department of Transport, Telecommunications & Electronics Division, the station was active from 1965 until 1995 and was instrumental in broadcasting worldwide events seen across the globe.

That site is the subject of an upcoming art and history show titled The Medway Through Time. Bob Whitelaw, president of the Medway Area Communities Association, has been putting on biennial art shows since 2008 to highlight the Medway area from the stone age to the space age. The new show will include photographs, documents, artifacts, maps, music, videos and tours.

Changes in technology led to the closure of the station in 1995 and it has since been abandoned. For years structures remained standing, such as a breezeway between two of the main buildings. Several years ago at least one satellite could still be spotted resting on the ground, but it has since disappeared.

Now, only a few structures remain standing, including the portion the infamous ball dome sat on.

In anticipation of Whitelaw's show, LighthouseNOW reporters went to explore some of the ruins.

You can also watch a video previously produced by LighthouseNOW on the Teleglobe station and its history here.

The Medway Through Time

Opens July 14 from 2 - 6:40 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m.

Music in the park takes place July 15 from 2 - 4 p.m. and July 23 2 - 4 p.m.

The show runs from July 14 - 23 and takes place at Port Medway Lighthouse Park and Seely Hall.

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