PHOTOS: The Eerie and Beautifully Shabby Pre-demolition Belmont Plaza

Empty Belmont Plaza

Its time was long past, as was unequivocally signaled by its 2013 condemnation by the city of Long Beach. But Belmont Plaza was once an elite center of American aquatics and a hub of US water polo. So it may be difficult to find someone who ever experienced it who’s not a little nostalgic when viewing this evocative, beautiful slideshow and story by Brian Addison of the Long Beach Post.

The facility is soon to be demolished, a shiny new replacement on its way. But before then Addison gets (nearly) free reign to capture the awkward state of disrepair in which the once world-class building sits.