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Jun. 1st, 2009 | 11:44 am
posted by: dark_angel1383 in abandonedplaces

This past weekend we took quite the drive to visit the Bennett School for girls, an abandoned turn of the century school rotting away on a hill in a well to do neighborhood. It's a very well secured location and we had a tough time getting in. Once inside we saw why they were working so hard to keep people out. One of my fellow adventurers found himself halfway through a floor as we attempted to go deeper into the older parts of Bennett. For safety's sake, we only explored about half of the enormous campus.

A brief history of the location:
The Bennett School for Girls was built in Duchess county, NY in 1890 for use as a resort. In the early 1900's it was re-purposed and became a finishing school for young women. Courses included dance, art, music, literature, modern language and domestic science.

The structure was built with a traditional Victorian style, featuring ornate woodwork, shingles and stone work. The campus included stables, a chapel, a large library, gymnasium and dormitories.

In the 1970's part of the campus was renovated in an outdoor theatre and science building were built to comply with education standards. Unable to keep up with other colleges in the area, the Bennett School closed it's doors in 1978 and never re-opened.






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The front of the school.

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View from the courtyard

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What you can't see very well is that there are about a dozen antique radiators in different stages of falling through this hole.

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The old common room. A photo of the same room (from another angle) in 1908

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This hallway had many packing pallets in it, to get across soggy holes in the floor.

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Life on the top floor.

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What a typical dorm room in 1912 looked like.

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The courtyard from a top floor window.

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More history and photos of the school in it's prime can be found here.

The rest of the 80+ photo set can be found on my Flickr
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from: marmalade_heart
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for posting these...the pictures are amazing!!! :)

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melissa

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from: _digitalpaper
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
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what a great post, amazing building, i'd love to get in there!

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Been there, done with that.

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from: gazouiller
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
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It's beautiful.

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Bisous

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from: cece00
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
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beautiful and tragic.

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breltard95

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from: breltard95
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Wow, all that woodwork is an architectural salvager's dream. If it's not all dryrotted by now, that is.

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Danni

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from: dark_angel1383
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm not going to lie, the main reason I drove 3 hours each direction to go here was to drool over the architecture. Unfortunately, the place has so many gaping holes in the roof and in the floors that it's tremendously water damaged and soggy.

If I could have managed to lug that claw footed tub out, my apartment would be sans couch. :)

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buzzboomsplat

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from: buzzboomsplat
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I will never understand why they let such beautiful buildings end up like this. :(

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[Ashly]

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from: just_ashly
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
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for our pleasure and great photos in abandonedplaces, of course :)

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from: hybrid_breeder
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Amazing! Thanks for sharing the photos, they're beautiful.

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Carrie: she tampered in God's domain

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from: coffeechica
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
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This, right here, is why I love this community. Thank you so much for sharing these!

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Danni

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from: dark_angel1383
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
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You just made my day. :) Thank you!

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~In Restless Dreams I Walked Alone~

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from: annoyedannushka
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I've always wondered what the inside of that place looked like. It's a pity they let such places go to ruin.
Thanks for sharing your pics.

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only a one-s goddes

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from: rockgoddes
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
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It's such a gorgeous old building...I wish someone would do something with it.

Thanks for sharing!

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Nyx Valentine

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from: quietchildae
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
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That's amazing. How sad that such a beautiful building is being left to decay.

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Loki

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from: social_shoes
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Great photos I would love the chance to go there!

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Loki

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from: social_shoes
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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heh 'domestic science'

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from: nehmet
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely incredible. You've made my day with this set. :)

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Danni

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from: dark_angel1383
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Aw. Thank you! :)

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ultra violence in liberty fabrics

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from: reqbat
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
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the fern in the room makes me so happy.

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Danni

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from: dark_angel1383
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
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My husband found it before me and told me "you're really going to love this room". He was right, I did. :)

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rose

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from: moonbathe
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
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wow...just amazing. I am adding this to my memories.

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Danni

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from: dark_angel1383
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
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wow! Thank you.

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loveshercoffee

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from: loveshercoffee
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
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These are incredible. I am absolutely enamored of #5; the composition and lighting are absolutely perfect.

These are all great pictures.

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lallyloo

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from: lallyloo
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Amazing photos!

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cantankerous

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from: misledyouth00
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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i live in dutchess county and had friends who went here all the time.
it seemed fairly easy a couple of years ago. how hard is it to get in now though?

i maybe wanna take my fiancee and revist my youth, so to speak.

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Danni

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from: dark_angel1383
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
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It took us a lot of searching to find a way in. I ended up being pushed through a tiny opening by my husband and friend and had to lower a rope down to them the shimmy their way in.

All of the obvious ways in are boarded up very tight with new plywood. After 3 hours of driving, I would have been so sad if we hadn't gotten in.

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Old St. Annes

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from: laurapalmer813
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Holy shit that's beautiful!! I love the heavy things sinking into the floors! And that there is a fern growing in there with the moss! I've seen moss in buildings before, but never ferns! Great set, thanks for posting! :)

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L.

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from: purpurealuna
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow that's gorgeous!

Heh, my first thought on seeing picture 16 was "Hey, that's our tub!", our apartment and this building were built in the exact same year.

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Danni

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from: dark_angel1383
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm so jealous! I love claw foot tubs.

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Erica!!

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from: imeantheend
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely stunning. Thank you!

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daftgirl0

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from: daftgirl0
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Brilliant photos, thanks for sharing.

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Rheavon

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from: rheavon
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
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The Bennett School for Girls is one of my favorite places to look at whenever pictures are posted. Thank you!

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Phoenixfire12

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from: phoenixfire12
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Awsome photos.

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from: basito
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
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Nice set! Thanks for sharing ...

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