Chandler School- part 2

10 2013 z 768_69_70_72_tonemapped

I had a really hard time placing how long ago Chandler was shut down.  It was very obviously an elementary school and oddly enough I suspect it was closed because it was too small for the neighborhood’s needs.  Just up the next block a shiny new elementary school had a teeming play lot full of shouting, shrieking little humans enjoy recess.  It made for an odd experience; hearing the sounds of children playing while wandering a trashed and abandoned school.

gym rope


The room in the building we explored was the gym, with climbing ropes still intact.  It actually took a little doing to find it, as it was tucked away behind the main building and connected by a neglected hall.  We actually made it down to the basement first where we found more evidence that overcrowding was an issue here as several basement rooms had been converted to classroom use.  But the gym was still more interesting, as while I’ve seen some massive floor failures before this one was the most interesting.

gym floor






4 responses

  1. Beautiful photo!

    December 3, 2013 at 12:03 am

  2. Alex

    Every gym you find has a buckled floor. Must have something to do with the moisture getting into the wood and causing it to expand. You should make a gym montage of buckled floors lol :-)

    December 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    • I certainly could, but not every gym has a buckled floor! Most dramatically the one in Beckman school was in excellent condition with no buckling or give to it. I agree that moisture is probably the culprit, perhaps one day we will do the montage :)

      December 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  3. I like these photos, IP. Can I have your permission to tweet the gym picture? :)

    December 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Oh really? Tell me more....

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s