Welcome to Beckman School, a little blue school complex down on Gary’s south side. I found it on google maps around the same time I found Grief Brothers, but this was the first opportunity we had to wander over and take a look. I have to say, it was the oddest building I’ve ever been in. The construction is fairly modern, I’d put it somewhere around the 19070’s, and all of the windows are gone. There is some evidence that Gary once tried to keep it sealed, such as welding the doors shut, but since all of the windows are gone (and part of one wall) this doesn’t matter.
There is very little trash around, and even less graffiti. The lockers are all intact and there is a wide selection of desks and chairs to choose from but other than that there is nothing left inside. Even the hanging ceiling tiles are gone, and the braces that they hung from. The one thing that got left behind at this location was something that broke my heart a little. The books.
You may notice the other oddity about this building. That is not an electric light shining there. That is a skylight designed for hanging ceilings which provides no view but offers a fair amount of natural light to the room. All of the second floor halls and most of the rooms on this end of the building had them. Personally I think this is an excellent idea and all schools should have them where possible. Natural light is more likely to keep people engaged than florescent light, though the unnatural florescent lights do prepare a person for toiling hours upon end in a windowless office with no hope.