Beckson Middle School
The most recent vintage of the shuttered schools we’ve visited, Beckson appears to have been built in the late 60’s or early 70’s, and abandoned a quarter century later (the AOL domain email address listed for the principal on his door provides a clue). The building itself doesn’t have the stone-and-mortar majesty of Gary’s earlier schools, but a quirky layout and numerous leftover relics made it a great find. Besides a chair orgy happening in the main gymnasium, there are shelves of books left in the library, record players in the auditorium, and other detritus. These two shots are not covering new ground, as the Idiot Photographer has presented her take on their subject matter in previous posts, but I’ll throw my two cents in (photographically speaking) as well.