There will be a test.

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Following the small explore at Clemens Mansion, our group could not decide if it wanted to stay the size it was, turn into a four-person group, or just be two people together. Luckily though, those not wanting to show up to this abandoned elementary school changed their mind, and we all consecutively showed up, hungry for more exploration.

I know next to nothing about this school. From what I do know, however, it was abandoned in 1983. Aaaand that’s it.Seriously, I don’t know anything. But, I don’t actually care. The building, falling apart quickly, sits quietly on the corner of a busy neighborhood, and right across the street from an even busier park. Yet, no one * cares about entering the building or leaving. It’s a nice change. A great one! While getting a thrill rush from (possibly) getting caught is a big part of urban exploration, not having to worry about getting caught is equally as pleasing.

The entrance is just right off the far left of the image above, unfortunately not visible from this photo. Three very large pieces of red plywood cover the entrance to what I’m assuming used to be the side entrance. It was covered in nails, and almost didn’t want to budge at first. (Luckily it did after a few tries.) And once we were in — wow. What a sight it was.

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An abandoned school is almost exactly like what you would picture it to be. And that was sort of a weird thing to experience, because the entirety sits in graffiti, insulation and eeriness. And that’s what most abandoned buildings are like, right? (Yes.) This building was different, though. Out of all the other abandoned buildings I have explored so far, this school was the first one that seemed to give the grave idea people used to be here daily, learning and going about. Not to say the place wasn’t gutted (because it was), but in spite of the collapsed roof, this building sits as it did in the 1980’s. It’s peaceful, and there is so much to explore.

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I had too many favorite things about this place:

  • Climbing up to what used to be the attic, where I was met with a collapsed roof and even worse collapsing floor. We were in within three blocks of the Edward Jones Dome (home of the St. Louis Rams), and again, it was a reminder the world moves on after these buildings give up.
  • The eastern end of the second floor had trees growing through the floor, and out the windows. I was amazed, and flabbergasted, and amazed. Such a petty thing, but seeing nature reclaim itself in areas it shouldn’t is always a sight to see.
  • Everything about the basement. It’s what you dream of in nightmares and made me feel absurdly uncomfortable. Some parts were blocked off by desks piled up. One section of the basement was filled to the brim with even more desks, though I think it was in the boiler room.
  • Insulation everywhere. Mainly the second floor. If this building somehow lasts another decade, I will be amazed.

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It’s worth noting I became pretty sick after this school. Not immediately after I left, but just a few hours after the fact, a very strong headache stayed with me and lasted nearly a full twelve hours. Sunday morning and afternoon was atrocious. I kept becoming frail and weak, and knew it had to be from this building. (Others from the group complained of the same thing the next day.)

I can’t wait to see what else I get to explore in St. Louis. There are abandoned buildings everywhere. They’re basically inviting me to explore them, so I’ll gladly accept the invite.

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