(Bratislava, Slovakia 2015) Near the Devin Castle ruins are a lot of houses, most of which are in very nice shape. Then once in awhile you’ll run across a house like this one. Somehow the age of the structure lends a sense of elegance to the decay.
(St. Louis, MO 2015) A number of former schools in St. Louis are up for sale. Many of them sit abandoned altogether. The Cleveland High School is a beautiful old building, and is pretty huge. However, people have stolen the flashing from the roof to sell to shady recycling places, and as a result the water streams in every time it rains.
When asked why no one takes care of the building, we were told that the SLPS is in the business of educating children, not of maintaining old buildings. Still, it seems to me that when you have a property you’ve valued at $2.5 million for sale, some investment in its security and upkeep would be wise. If the building could sell (and others in the same situation), that’s a lot of money that could go toward education.
In the meantime, it’s a fascinating place to photograph on the rare occasion that they open it up for a tour.
More photos on my Flickr account.