Danni (dark_angel1383) wrote in abandonedplaces,

The Bennett School for Girls,

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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