Sunday, July 26, 2009

Green Township Public School: the remains

Coming home from Indianapolis the other day, we decided to get off the beaten path for part of the way home. We never know what we will see when we do that. That day was no surprise...out in the middle of farm country we came across what remains of this old school.
It had been the Greene Township Public School at one time....it looks to have been a fine school from how it is pictured here in these top two pictures.
But looking at this mess, at first glance it is hard to even see that there is a building there, or I should say the remains of a building.
It was a jungle in front of the building...I picked my way through it in order to try to snap some pictures to show the actual building. It was sure a sad sight to see.
Everything seemed to be falling in on itself. That is the roof in the picture below with all the green weeds growing on it.
And below is one corner of the building...
The actual building is mainly enclosed in a cow pasture, so is not as grown up around as is the front.
One can't help but wonder why it was let ruin--maybe it was full of asbestos? I know a couple elementary schools here in Clinton were unusable because of that. But to me, this appears to have been let go long before the worry of asbestos.

13 comments:

don said...

A very interesting series on this old school and its current condition. You tell a good story with pictures and words!

Jacob said...

That is simply incredible. Those old schools (designed by the same architect, I think!) were solid buildings that promoted academic achievement.

I wonder who owns the land. Probably the school district cut their losses and sold everything and the new owners just let it fall down.

Still, very sad.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Oooh, very interesting, super photos! I love the grey doors and the one under it, they are all cool.

Ann said...

I love pictures like this. They make your mind work to imagine how things were in an earlier day.

Abe Lincoln said...

That is our way dealing with history in this country. And I suppose in a thousand years we will not have anything older than we do today. About 200 years, more or less.
Pick a Peck of Pixels

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I like the vines, too!

Barb said...

Tooooooo sad...what a waste! I know the asbestos thing is an issue, but I wonder too WHY did this school become a crumbling building? We have a former bus repair garage that is owned by our school district, and it sits empty and the reason ~ "they can't get a buyer to pay what they want" ??, isn't any amount worth something, compared to the building just sitting vacant ~ strange? Great pics Rose, and have a wonderful week! ((Hugs to Lorelei)) enjoy your time with her this week!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how sad, Rose. They tore down all of the schools I attended in BSG while growing up. There were three different schools (all next to each other)--and now there is a darn shopping center there. Just broke my heart!!!

Hope you have had a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Mary said...

What a wreck! That photo of the original looks exactly like the building I went to grade school in...in Ben Davis (Indianapolis)! Later it became part of my high school which had 4 buildings until they built the new one. I always seemed to start in the old and end up in the new school buildings when I was growing up.

George said...

Someone was definitely proud of what that school used to be. It's sad. My old middle school is now gone, but my old elementary school has been converted to a private home and looks pretty good.

Carletta said...

Why the sign?
Sad is all that comes to mind but Abe said it best.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Oh dear! I hate to see old buildings disintegrate.

Tricia said...

WoW It really IS just withering away to nothing.

There's a community north of where I live that has an old school house in about the same shape - I wonder why they let them fall apart like this?
Weird!

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