socrates antioho owned and operated the bowling alley and pool hall on fifth street in calumet for many years. going to the bowling alley and pool hall was a kind of rite of manhood for the young local boys. at the bowling alley and pool hall calumet teenagers learned the experience of smoking, drinking and the challenge of adult games.
in 1970, when the copper mines closed the economy of calumet suffered. at this time antioho rented his building, and afterwards it had many other business operations and owners. when the building became vacant for a period of time, the keweenaw peninsula winters were damaging to the building’s structure. eventually the roof leaked, floors buckled, and the property was slowly destroyed.
for three years i had access to the old bowling alley and pool hall and apartments on the second floor. i used the building as a creative laboratory, shooting many pictures in both black-and-white and color film. several of my photos of the old bowling alley and pool hall were used in the splake chapbook being and becoming.
today the building is owned by james flood of calumet, and in 2012, the second story of the structure collapsed.