Remains of the 'Exposition Coloniale' or 'Human Zoo' outside Paris
Why we call it "the living room": In years passed, it was the habit to hold a deceased person's viewing and wake at home in the front parlor. During that time it was referred to as "the death room". The Ladies Home Journal in 1910 declared the "Death Room" as no more and henceforth the parlor would be known as the "Living Room".
Maya Hotel, Mt. Maya, Kobe, Japan. Opened in 1929, mostly destroyed in WWll, rebuilt in 1961, hit by a typhoon in 1967, became a student center in 1974, and closed in 1995. Abandoned hotel.
"From the Dissection Room: Caroline Crachami, the "Sicilian Fairy"" from "The Chirurgeon's Apprentice" - This blog post tells the story an Italian girl born with primordial dwarfism. She is sent to England for the "healthier" atmosphere but her guardian then exhibits her as a sideshow freak for a profit - and even after her death, it is her exhibitioner who wins as her remains were sold to be dissected. It sounds sad and cruel to us today - but are our modern reality TV shows any different?
One Dragon Inn, Osaka, Japan. A hotel built partly over a lake. Closed for at least 25 years. Abandoned hotel.