Forsaken (part 1)

by Camellia Staab March. 11, 2020 375 views

Last weekend a group of eight "click clickers" including myself had the opportunity to spend a few hours in one of the older buildings in Springfield. This particular building had been purchased by the Ursuline Sisters in 1857 and had been established as a private, all girls, Catholic High School.

By 1929, the Ursuline Sisters established Springfield College on the north end of the property, which then allowed them to bill themselves as a college preparatory school. Students attending the school would simultaneously receive high school and college credit for courses taken.

By 1981 the enrollment of this high school dropped to the point where the administrators opened their doors to boys and transformed the high school from an all girls' to a co-ed. This new setup did increase enrollment, enabling the school to have as many as 300 students registered at one time.

But by 2007, because of once again dwindling enrollment, the school was permanently shut down. The building was left abandoned, although it was registered and placed on the historical landmark list.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

These are fascinating! Did you have to ask permission to visit? My husband (and all of his siblings) went to a struggling Catholic school, so I'm going to have to show him these. I think he'd find them interesting!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

One of the guys I shoot with knows somebody, who knows somebody...you know how that goes. He got the key for the place so we could go shoot. We are planning to go back again, because there is so much to shoot still smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Always good to have those kinds of friends. smile That's great that you can go back again. I'm looking forward to seeing more!

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

Love this kind of urban decay images. This pictures deserve a HDR treatment

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

I challenge you Antonio....pick out you like and edit for us to see smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Send me one - [email protected]

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

Sent smile

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Greg Blaney 1 year, 6 months ago

Very interesting post, Camellia. Great exposures on all photos and I like your mix of b&w and colour photos. This was particularly interesting in that my wife went to a St. Ursuline Academy in Saskatchewan and her sister is an Ursuline Sister. That school had a very similar story and its fate was ultimately the same as the one in Springfield. The one you visited though looks like students and staff just walked out at the end of the school year, closed the doors and never returned. Eerie in a way.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Greg Blaney 1 year, 6 months ago

How very interesting Greg. When I was doing my background research I did see that there was an Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati,but did not see that there had been one In Saskatchewan. You are correct in saying that they closed the doors at the end of the school year and walked out. Apparently, before the shut down, the school was taken over by Benedictine College and they ran it for a couple of years as an undergraduate college. But money ran tight , tuition was too high, enrollment dropped and so in  March of 2007 they announced that they would close the college at the end of the semester (May). There were quite a few students at the freshman and sophomore and junior  level that were devastated. They had though they had signed up for a 4  year college and now they all had to scramble to find a new college to attend. Was really weird. And now to see it in such disarray even sadder.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

Great work. Places like this wr almost never have nomore. And if they are ,they are securely boarded up and empty .

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

It is strange that they have not emptied the place at least. There are actually student  records in their with private information that have not been removed.. Very bizarre.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Looks like the place was just abandoned, on the spur of the moment........interesting.....nice camera work!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

March of 2007 the college announced that it was going to close that May. And they did just that and walked away.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Interesting......hmmmmmm????

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 6 months ago

The photos draw you into the history and your narrative begs for more questions. It almost appears as if the "rapture" occurred and every body just disappeared. (that would be bad for us yikes).  All the usable and personal items are just left! No post clean up or anything. Wow!  Who, what, when and more whys?

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Camellia Staab Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 6 months ago

That is the exact comment and thoughts that went through our minds when walking around. We knew that the school had been taken over by the Benedictine College (4 year undergrad) a few years prior and I personally knew a few of the kids who attended the college ( they used to be my students in high school). But did not expect it to close that quickly. They made the closing announcement in March of 2007 and closed the doors in May, leaving quite a few students stranded. Why not clean up is beyond me.

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Diane Butts 1 year, 6 months ago

this is AWESOME!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Diane Butts 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you Diane.

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