The Empty Halls Of Elmhurst

In August of 2012, Fort Wayne Community Schools auctioned off the furniture and equipment in the Elmhurst High School building. I made this photograph the day before the auction, when the school was opened for auction attendees to preview the items that would be sold the next day.

This is the “Band Hallway,” so named because all of the marching band members had their lockers in this hall, which runs past the entrance to the music room. The band room doors are in the dark alcove on the right. My locker was in the lit up part of the hall. It is the last photograph that I made as they were shutting off the lights in the corridors.

A darkened hallway inside the abandoned Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne.

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The Last One

In August of 2012, Fort Wayne Community Schools auctioned off the furniture and equipment in the Elmhurst High School building. I made this photograph in one of the classroom the day before the auction, when the school was opened for auction attendees to preview the items that would be sold the next day. This was the last American flag still hanging in a classroom. The rest of the school’s classroom flags were piled up for sale on a table in the other room through the open door.

An American flag hangs by the door of an empty classroom in the abandoned Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne.

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Elmhurst High School: For Sale

In August of 2012, Fort Wayne Community Schools auctioned off the furniture and equipment in the Elmhurst High School building. I made this photograph in one of the classroom the day before the auction, when the school was opened for auction attendees to preview the items that would be sold the next day.

This is the school’s main gymnasium, where the basketball team played its games. I made the photograph right after the main lights were shut off, as they were making everyone leave at the end of the day. The cafeteria, another gym, and several classrooms and hallways were also full of furniture and other items for sale.

The main gymnasium of Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne is full of desks and school equipment for auction two years after the school closed.

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Flags For Sale

In August of 2012, Fort Wayne Community Schools auctioned off the furniture and equipment in the Elmhurst High School building. I made this photograph in one of the classroom the day before the auction, when the school was opened for auction attendees to preview the items that would be sold the next day. These are the American flags that used to be displayed in every classroom.

I graduated from Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne in 1994. My parents both graduated from Elmhurst in the late 1960s. It was Elmhurst’s longtime art teacher, Don Goss, who made me realize that I was destined to be a professional artist. The school, which opened in the 1920s, was closed in 2010.

A pile of American flags on a table in the abandoned Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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The Last Lesson

I graduated from Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne in 1994. My parents both graduated from Elmhurst in the late 1960s. It was Elmhurst’s longtime art teacher, Don Goss, who made me realize that I was destined to be a professional artist. In 2010, the school, which opened in the 1920s, was closed.

In August of 2012, Fort Wayne Community Schools auctioned off the furniture and equipment in the building. I made this photograph in one of the classroom the day before the auction, when the school was opened for auction attendees to preview the items that would be sold the next day. A math teacher’s last lesson is still there on the blackboard.

Stacks of chairs sit in front of the blackboard in the abandoned Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne. A lesson on the mathematical order of operations was left on the blackboard.

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Grandpa’s House: The End #2

This is all that remains of my grandparents house, after it was burned down in August, 2012. Standing on the cinderblock foundation that defined the outside dimensions of the house, it looked so tiny. The house was small by today’s standards, but it seems so much smaller now, shorn of its walls and furnishings. Hard to believe this place was my grandpa and grandma’s home for nearly 60 years. I spent a lot of my childhood here, it was like a second home to me, and now it is gone.

Grandpa died in 2010; and in the summer of 2012, his children sold his house to the owner of the reception hall next door. The new owner of the land allowed the fire department to burn the house down as a training exercise for firefighters.

A cinderblock foundation and piles of ashes and shingles on the ground are all that remain of my grandparents house after it burned to the ground.

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