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Spring Garden School Abandoned
Spring Garden School was a walk-in. No
climbing, no crawling, no squeezing. You just opened the unlocked door
and walked in. On my first visit early on a Sunday morning in 2009, it
was the basement door at the rear of the school.
Graffiti artists and taggers hadn't done
much work in the place, but scrappers had. The guerilla recyclers had
removed or were uninstalling wiring and pipes. They were particular
tough on the bathrooms that were essentially pulverized in the process.
When the school's most profitable materials were gone, scrappers pulled
up flooring and even removed electrical fixtures. The city eventually
took notice and secured the basement door. So someone broke the
lock on the back door and that was the entrance until it was padlocked.
Early in 2016, though, the adventures came to an end. The building was secured by the construction crews. The old school was on its way to becoming tlow-cost housing for the elderly and veterans.
According to Wikipedia, "Spring Garden School No. 1 is a historic school building located in the Poplar neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1927-1928. It is a three-story, three bay brick building in the Moderne-style. It features a limestone entrance surround, a limestone parapet, and decorative tile. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986." The Wikipedia entry includes this public domain photograph from 2010.
Spring Garden School No. 2, three blocks south, remains active serving neighborhood children.