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Speaking of old schools

Postby Hoosier Foursquare on Wed May 16, 2012 7:39 am

Being located in Bedford, Indiana has some distinct advantages (in my opinion) when it comes to architecture. Old town coupled with plentiful limestone as a building material. What a great combination! Anyway, there are a few defunct schools in our area that are/were awaiting final disposition. The building that I amrefering to is the old Stalker School. I know, I know, great choice of names for a school. All that aside, it's still an awesome looking structure with a ton of local history.

As of last month, it has been designated for reuse as a 21, 2-bedroom unit for lower income folks. I haven't seen any drawings or renderings that would give any reference as to what changes will be made on the exterior. Some in the local community are worried about the ramifications of having a "low income" housing unit here in town. Some are just happy that the building isn't going to be torn down. Count me in the 2nd group!

Here's a picture of the former school.
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Re: Speaking of old schools

Postby James on Wed May 16, 2012 2:13 pm

Great building. I can think of three old schools that have been turned into apartments. All three tho are apartments for the elderly, so no issue with lots of kids(which probably makes the neighbors not complain so much).
Definitely don't see any old schools around here built out of limestone like that.
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Re: Speaking of old schools

Postby YinzerMama on Sat May 19, 2012 11:38 am

Great building! Glad they are re-using it. We have a number of old schools turned apartments around here.

Also a number of limestone buildings. :) I grew up knowing these buildings as BLACK because Pittsburgh was so dirty at one time. Most have now been scrubbed and sandblasted back to their original color but in my mind's eye they are still black so I still do a double take every time I see them.

eta - at least one of our more famous limestones is made with Indiana limestone. Who knew?

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/new ... ng-474126/
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Re: Speaking of old schools

Postby mross_pitt on Sat May 19, 2012 3:06 pm

Speaking of old schools and Indiana limestone, there's also this abandoned one within walking distance of the Cathedral of Learning Yinzer speaks of. The first school in the United States to cost over a million dollars to build, but now it's apparently too much money to maintain.(!!)

They used to make postcards of it!

Hello University of Pittsburgh? CMU? anybody?



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schenley_High_School
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Re: Speaking of old schools

Postby YinzerMama on Sat May 19, 2012 6:28 pm

mross_pitt wrote:Speaking of old schools and Indiana limestone, there's also this abandoned one within walking distance of the Cathedral of Learning Yinzer speaks of. The first school in the United States to cost over a million dollars to build, but now it's apparently too much money to maintain.(!!)

They used to make postcards of it!

Hello University of Pittsburgh? CMU? anybody?



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schenley_High_School



I swear I remember reading that Pitt wanted to do something with it... but there is so much asbestos in there they don't know what to do with it???

I have a friend who went there for 9-11, I will have to ask her if she knows about the ventilation in the walls.

I can't believe how many city schools are closed now. :(
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Re: Speaking of old schools

Postby Hoosier Foursquare on Mon May 21, 2012 7:46 am

Glad to see that they are cleaning/restoring that cathedral. Very cool. It's amazing to see what the limestone looks like underneath all of that crud!!
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Re: Speaking of old schools

Postby YinzerMama on Mon May 21, 2012 9:03 am

They have done Pitt, the main branch Carnegie library/music hall, and various other buildings in town. There was a church across from my high school which was BLACK when I went to school and someone posted a pic of that corner for some reason recently on FB and I was like I know that church, I know that church... but couldn't place it. Asked. Felt like a moron. They cleaned it YEARS ago but in my head it is still black.

I guess the dirt is actually bad for the stone but it looks so weird to see these buildings clean again... having grown up with them black, I prefer them black!
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Re: Speaking of old schools

Postby S Melissa on Sun May 27, 2012 7:20 pm

This was done in Ypsilanti Michigan - next community over to me (old Alma mater of EMU!) with an old high school:

http://yhf.org/hometour/2002/index.html

Turned into senior apartments - but they kept a lot of the old features of the classrooms intact. Turned out terrific! Even the old water fountains in the hallways - lined with Pewabic tile (big deal here in metro Detroit) were saved. This is a good thing. Dunno about the "low income" issue - but probably they're using federal funds to do the renovation/rehab and are required by the feds to use in this way - as a professional gooberment person - that reads pretty close to true usually. Hope they do a good job!
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Re: Speaking of old schools

Postby Don M on Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:22 pm

Carlisle & Mechanicsburg PA have converted schools for senior citizens too!
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Re: Speaking of old schools

Postby housecrazy sarah on Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:34 pm

Don M wrote:Carlisle & Mechanicsburg PA have converted schools for senior citizens too!


Talk about going around full circle!

I like to occassionally feature old schools on my blog that have been turned into houses.

If anyone is interested in these, have a look:
http://www.house-crazy.com/rezoned-and- ... n-vermont/
http://www.house-crazy.com/rezoned-and- ... ool-house/
http://www.house-crazy.com/rezoned-and- ... cozy-home/
http://www.house-crazy.com/rezoned-and- ... -for-sale/

Come to think of it, if anyone owns an old schoolhouse converted into a home and would like to have it featured on my blog - drop me a note!
check out my crazy (but humble) house blog: http://www.house-crazy.com/
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