Take a stroll anywhere in Lakeside, Ohio located on Lake Erie and you will find quaint houses, cottages, fairy gardens, lush shade gardens and plenty of things that will catch your eye.A stroll farther away from the lake on Walnut Street yields an overflow parking lot that is crammed with cars that can not find room to park on the narrow streets of Lakeside. Not only is it a parking lot it is the site of the abandoned Lakeside School that was built in 1912. I can not find much information about the school other than the fact that is was closed in 1956 and still stands today . I did find this picture of the old school. If you click on the “Built in 1912 ” it will take you to the original photo.
There obviously has been a project of sorts to revitalize the outside of the abandoned building and last summer Chris and I took a walk around to just look at the brightly painted windows. One painted window thanked the Katharine Crampton Memorial Art Show for sponsoring the project. This is an ongoing juried art show that has been in existence for over 50 years and while I could not find any information on the event for this year I imagine it is still occurring. From everything I can gather Katharine Crampton was a huge supporter of the arts and the art show that is held in her memory each year in Lakeside, Ohio draws in quite an elite group of artists. The windows or rather sheets of plywood that are replacing the long gone windows in the school house appear to have been painted as part of a project though this same art show although I can not find much information online about it. I am hoping some of my Lakeside experts will be able to fill in the blanks for me.It does not really matter who painted those windows or why or even when it was done. What matters is that it brightened up a building that was falling into disrepair and makes it look a little bit nicer. After all, we all like to look at pretty things, right?
There are still some empty spots to be filled in and I did not check back this June to see if that had been painted.
But just look at some of what has been painted. I just love the colors and varying themes.
So enjoy a walk around the historic Lakeside School and if you know any more details let me know in the comments section. I would love to know more of the history. Don’t forget that every comment this month means a 50 cent donation to our current Comments for a Cause — The Connestee Falls Scholarship Fund.
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How cool! Love the window art!
Thanks, Dawn. I just love when things get spiffed up instead of being torn down.
What a cool idea! I love when old buildings are used for art and not torn down. These painted windows are amazing. The one with the girl making pottery made me think of my daughter. I mentioned you and your blog on my latest post https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/spirit-animal-award/
Have a great week!
I loved that one of the potter as well! I wish I knew more of the stories about all of them so hopefully someone will chime in.
How beautiful! Just shows you can find little gems no matter where you are!
Absolutely! Sometimes you have to go off the beaten track but it is well worth the side trip. Thanks for stopping by!
Every post about Lakeside makes me want to visit this community.
I like the idea of sprucing up this abandoned school with paintings. But, most of all, I really hope someone saves this stunning structure.
I really know you would love Lakeside and all that it holds dear. I am longing for a trip there right now but don’t think that is going to happen for awhile with all the other travels I have planned in the coming months. So these posts help me “remember”. Thanks for stopping by.
Going to the lake this weekend. I’ll have to check it out😄
Let me know if the rest of the windows are finished, okay? Say hi to Lakeside for me!
Just one person ……. with a ‘vision’ can make a difference. How many memories are held “captive” by those plywood pieces of art!!!!!!
I love your take on this. It is such a great way to transform something, isn’ t it ? And yes–one person can make a difference.
I’ve heard that the broken window theory has been debunked… That being said, this is a great example of how a community can come together to make things just a little bit better. For this I thank you. 🙂
How wonderful a project is that?? Certainly a nice way to cheer up an abandoned building. It must be in a nice neighborhood, since none of the windows have been broken/vandalized.
I think it is a pretty amazing idea, don’t you? A simple way to make an abandoned building look a million times better.
The paintings are so cheerful. I love that ice cream cone one the best.