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#3029455 02/17/20 07:59 PM
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Recently, I have been going back to re-visit an abandoned school I first photographed in 2010. The vandalism, tagging and scrapping since then has exploded! Fully open to the elements (IE, extremes of wet and humidity and bitter cold) have turned the paint and the floor and ceiling tiles into brittle chips.

Not the same room, but close. The general layout of all the rooms were more or less the same. I really like the little bookcases in the corners. First photo from 2010:

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Second photo, taken yesterday:

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Lou Gehrig #3029458 02/17/20 08:10 PM
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This school was the alma mater of actor Karl Malden.

2010:

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Same spot, probably 2017 I think:

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Lou Gehrig #3029681 02/18/20 07:13 PM
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Wow, it looked salvageable in 2010, in 2020, not so much.


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Lou Gehrig #3029711 02/18/20 09:33 PM
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Yes, its in rough shape now. Scrappers have taken most of the windows, so it is wide open to the elements. The city has finally taken a stand and wants to demolish it.

A couple years ago, police responded to a call about "suspicious persons" in the building and when they arrived, they found the dead body of a young woman who had been strangled. So there is a sad story to go along with the pictures. Its fair to say Gary Indiana has some neighborhoods better than others; this one would be in the latter category. Its sketchy.

More pics coming.

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Lou Gehrig #3031140 03/01/20 08:24 PM
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2010:

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2020:

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Lou Gehrig #3031142 03/01/20 08:30 PM
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2020:

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Lou Gehrig #3031148 03/01/20 09:02 PM
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Look closely, someone left a lens cap on that chalk rail.... Tsk, tsk.

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Lou Gehrig #3031380 03/03/20 05:10 AM
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Wow. These are fascinating, thanks for posting these. I love the auditorium photo.

They still have a lot of textbooks on the shelves!

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Lou Gehrig #3031424 03/03/20 02:32 PM
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Thanks, yes these places are both fascinating and creepy/sad. The architecture buff in me likes the decrepidness but it is unfortunate how far this city (Gary) has fallen.

One photo I haven't posted yet is the "must-have" view of the entry foyer with its arched entrance, stairs and crazy peeling paint. Lead paint most likely. I hope to work up the nerve to go in there at night and light-paint it so I can post the two back-to-back. Fortunately its just inside the doors in case I have to beat a hasty exit!

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Lou Gehrig #3031903 03/06/20 04:48 AM
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That would be interesting. You can also get amazing texture from the walls with crazy peeling paint.

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Lou Gehrig #3033813 03/17/20 05:49 PM
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I may be housebound but in the interim here's a quickie from a different abandoned school. I was pleased by it.

Nighttime, red and pale blue from the Protomachines flashlight.

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