We don’t need no education.
Lyman School for Boys – Westboro, Massachusetts
Photographed by: Fred Denman
<i>Non mobile shots coming soon to this blog. Like in summer, I guess. One of my favourites, my personal non plus ultra.</i>
High School Blues – 2014
A science classroom inside the former Alderwood Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.
Alderwood Collegiate Institute closed it’s doors as a high school in 1983, although I believe it was still in use for a different purpose until the doors closed permanently in 2006. It sat vacant for about 5 years until the TDSB (Toronto District School Board) sold part of the land to Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC). TLC then sold the property to Urbanoorp in 2012, the building continued to sit vacant falling victim to vandals and copper thieves and deteriorating rather quickly over a two year time period, until it was finally demolished in late 2014. After the demolition Urbancorp had plans to develop the 8.5 acre site into into a mixed residential subdivision under the name Val Homes. I had thought that the project had already been finished but seeing the property on street view from August of last year, it is still just a fenced off construction site. Only time will tell what eventually happens to the land where this former high school once stood.
Abandoned old school with floating wall.
Insect specimens inside an abandoned school in Ontario, Canada.
Jam – 2014
Dramatic light inside the gymnasium of a formerly abandoned High School in Ontario, Canada.
Abandoned old school.
Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Hospital (Glenn Dale, Maryland)
ADDRESS: 5201 Glenn Dale Rd, Glenn Dale, MD 20769
COORDINATES: 38.962553, -76.809914
Glenn Dale Hospital was a tuberculosis sanatorium and isolation hospital built in 1934. The hospital consists of 23 buildings and sits on 216 acres of land. Glenn Dale Hospital’s 23 buildings include the children’s nurse’s homes, the children’s hospital, residences D through F, adults’ nurse’s homes, adults hospital, and much more. (Despite urban legend, the hospital’s incinerator was not used for the burning of human remains, rather it was used to burn human wastes.)Both the children’s and adults’ buildings are connected by a series of underground tunnels, like many sanitariums. These walkways join the basements of both buildings together, however in some places the walkways are flooded with almost three feet of water. Each hospital basement has its own morgue. The hospital closed in 1981 due to the large amounts of asbestos as well as the development of vaccines.
And now, of course, on to the urban legends of the hospital. Glenn Dale had a history of maltreatment of patients, this includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, extreme isolation, and torture of both adult and child patients. Urban legends claim that the victims of these abuses still haunt the halls today. There are many reported sightings of ghostly patients, smoke coming from the crematorium, and even a large pack of ghostly hounds running along the property. People have also complained of noises such as banging and yelling coming from the hospital walls hear screams and sometimes laughter. Inside there is sometimes a strong odor of burning flesh and smoke coming from where they used to burn the bodies. In one particular room, there is said to be sightings of a man in a straightjacket who went insane after watching his family being murdered by an intruder to his home while he hid in a closet.
Mark Twain said it best, “The truth is stranger than fiction.” In this case, that’s definitely true. A local who lived across the street from the hospital heard gunshots coming from the building. He called the police, and they actually found one of their own officers at the building, unable to speak and staring straight ahead. He had shot off all of his rounds at something that was never found.
**I’d like to recommend not exploring this building. Maryland’s police patrol the hospital grounds regularly, there are massive amounts of asbestos and lead paint, and parts of the underground walkways are flooded with nearly three feet of thirty-year-old water. In addition to all of that, the buildings are infested with rats and bats.**
Fort Carroll (Sparrows Point, Maryland)
ADDRESS: Sparrows Point, Maryland 21219
CORRDINATES: 39.214593, -76.519078
In 1847, the State of Maryland gave permission to the United States War Department to construct a fort in the shallow water of Soller’s Point Flats to protect the city of Baltimore. This fort was named Fort Carroll and was important for the defense of Baltimore. In 1853 a lighthouse was built on the ramparts to aid navigation into Baltimore Harbor and in 1898 a new lighthouse was built. The Fort was there for the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I.
After World War I broke out, the Army removed the guns from the fort and by 1920 all guns were gone. In March 1921 the Army officially abandoned Fort Carroll and moved whatever military equipment was left to nearby Fort Howard. The War Department declared the island excess property in 1923 but took no immediate steps to sell the land. In World War II the Army used the fort as a firing range. It also served as a checkpoint for vessels.
In May 1958, Baltimore attorney Benjamin Eisenberg purchased the island for $10,000, intending to put a casino on the island, but development plans never materialized. The fort is now abandoned has is the home of thousands of native birds.