Preservation, Road Trips

Demolished: Abandoned school on the Michigan Road near Middlefork, Indiana

I’ve photographed this abandoned school many times, the first being in 2008 when I surveyed the Michigan Road from end to end. It appeared to be in reasonable condition then. I hoped that it would be restored and put to good purpose.

Abandoned school

It was not to be. Over the years I watched as the windows were removed, and then the doors. In time siding started to disappear. I’m sure that in this exposed condition, rainwater began to damage the structure. A few years ago it began to collapse. I last photographed it in May, 2021, when it looked like this.

Abandoned, dilapidated schoolhouse

In this condition, the building was a goner. It was razed recently. What a waste.

Click here to see on Google Maps where this building once stood. It actually faced State Road 26, which crosses the Michigan Road here.

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