Exploring an Abandoned Religious School – Beautiful Victorian Architecture


[Narration] In today’s episode, we’re checking out an abandoned religious boarding school that was constructed in the late 1800s. It began its life as a military academy, but soon transformed into an all-boys
college prep school. After over a century of operation, the organization went bankrupt, and shut down in 1991. Since then, the Victorian-style structure has been rotting away while the local government decides what to do with the property. Now, join us as we venture inside and discover what remains… [Intro music] Our exploration began around 6 AM. Therefore, we thought it would be best to begin in the basement, where we wouldn’t have to worry about our lights being noticed from outside. -It’s weird seeing this really old ornate staircase,
and then there’s just drop ceiling right here. -These are all empty.
-Yeah, these look like dorms. [Narration] For this adventure, we’re also joined by our friends Chris and Devin. We’ll include links to their pages in the video description. -They’re locked from the hallway, not the inside.
So I don’t know what they mean or anything- -They might have put the locks in after they were disused. -Or, since it was a religious boarding school, they could’ve been, like, really strict. -Locked the kids in? -That’s what I was thinking. ‘Cause the lock looks new but *that* looks really old. -Yeah. -This is an old-looking workshop table. Looks like everything’s been pillaged through already, though. Oh, wow. That’s good organization. -What was that bang? -That’s just water, right? Wanna go upstairs? -Yeah, I think we should wait-
-Yeah, let’s just finish the basement. That was spook, though.
-I would rather have more light than struggle to see. -Or like, the wind slamming something shut. Kitchen. -Look at the labels on these. They’re so cool. -Yeah, that’s pretty cool. -The mural is…wow. -It’s painted… 1940? Is that what it says? -There’s no way this is that old. -Is that a 9?
-1990! So you were pretty close. -These were all classrooms. Let’s be quiet in here. Look at how tall these hallways are.
-Yeah. -I feel like I’m at Hogwarts.
-It’s still really dark out. -Yeah. Might want to wait a bit. These classrooms are way nicer than the ones in the basement. I wonder what the original ceiling in here looked like. -It’s part of the hallway, probably.
-Yeah. A lot of detail on the floor, also. All this tiling. Being in an abandoned building before sunrise is always really cool. You get to see it transform as the light comes up. -They put in all the wood paneling afterwords, too. With the drop ceiling. There would’ve been white plaster walls all the way down at one point. The lights *are* still up in here. -This was the main entrance, right here.
-Wow. We really to wait ’til it gets it gets brighter, I can’t see anything. -Oh, you can see the stained glass up there now. [Narration] We decided to hold off on seeing the chapel for the first time until the lighting was better. [Music] -Wow, all the curtains are still up in this room. -Yeah, this is a nice room. [Music continues] -There’s definitely a lot of water making its way into the building. -This is gonna be a mirror image of the other classroom hallway. Or actually, not classrooms. These look like dorms. -It’s cool how they put brickwork around every single door frame. I love when you’re in a building, and vines are covering the windows. It’s so cozy-feeling. Especially on a rainy day like this. [Music] This is below the chapel.
-This was the dining hall. -Wow, this is cool.
-And, originally, this was a military school for boys look what’s on the wall back there. -I see… a pope. I don’t know, who else is on the wall? -On the left side.
-Oh, yeah. A solider. -Class of 1969.
(author’s note: nice) A dumb waiter that went down to the basement kitchen. -The cart’s right here. -Yeah. You pull the rope and it would go up and down. [laughs] It’s not working right. [Narration] Although the sun still wasn’t completely up, we couldn’t resist taking a look at the main chapel. [Music] -Horizontal pews. Damn. This place… is incredible. [Music continues] I wonder what was smashed out in the middle there. There’s still Bibles and hymn books behind all the pews. Yeah, looks like the stained glass is starting to fall down by itself. It was on a layer in front of the window instead of being the window itself. This staircase is absolutely incredible. It’s still really dark in here, but this might be as bright as it gets. It’s a very gloomy day. There’s altar boy outfits in here. -Yeah, the water’s really getting in here. -This staircase is really cool, too. -[Bryan mentions the water]
-I’m literally- yeah, I’m getting dripped on right now. -It’s like, this place isn’t gonna be in this condition much longer until they do something about it. -This room has some graffiti. This is the first real vandalized room I’ve seen. [inaudible Bryan whispers] At least they kept it to one room instead of going all over the place with it. There was a shower room. Not a ton of privacy. There’s dead birds all up the staircase. -Creepy. -That’s probably where it goes up to the clock tower. I don’t feel like going up there yet, though, because I’m going to have to wear a respirator. It’s really full of pigeon shit. -Let’s go somewhere else.
-Okay. I mean, this whole floor is already full of pigeon shit.
-And dead pigeons. -Holy crap, they’re literally everywhere. We’re just walking on pigeon skeletons. They’re literally everywhere! -Look how tall the ceilings are in here!
-Holy crap. -That’s like, two floors. That is incredible. I gotta see what the staircase looks like over here. [Music] Holy shit! Stained glass ceiling! This is nuts. This definitely deserves a type of ~grand staircase~ -This is incredible. -Did you see the stained glass? [Music continues] Do you hear the pigeons down here? These are all dorm-sized rooms, also. -Yeah. It seems like it gets taller here again. -Mountain of pigeon shit. DON’T POOP ON ME! They’re ready to drop some bombs on us. Luckily, we are watching where we’re going. Wow, this whole grand staircase just leads to this. A little nook 🙂 -Once that wall is a new-
-With two doors. The other wall is probably new. Bad remodeling. -Look at the gaping hole in the roof over there. -Oh, yeah Is that where you go up the clock tower? Probably is. -This is steep! To the ladder more than the stairs. -And you can’t use your hands or else they’ll end up in pigeon shit. -Using my hands a little… [scoffs]… so much shit. -This better be worth… -Oh f*** -Is it worth? Is it worth it? -Um…
There’s so much shit in here! I don’t even know if it was worth coming up here. [Music] [Narration] Although the climb up the clock tower wasn’t very rewarding, the rest of this exploration certainly was. The building is a beautiful example of Gothic Victorian architecture, inside and out. Currently, there are plans for re-purposing the building. But unfortunately, they involve demolishing almost everything, except for the facade. Local citizens have voiced dissatisfaction with the plans, so only time will tell what eventually happens. If no action is taken, however, Mother Nature will eventually have its way with the building. We wanna take a moment to let you know we have a brand new set of prints now available on our website. We also published our first new set of Polaroids from this trip. They’re one of a kind, and once they sell, they’re gone forever. If you’re interested in purchasing a print or Polaroid, the link is in the description.




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  1. We have a brand new selection of photo prints and Polaroids for sale on our website! The Polaroids are one of a kind and once they sell, they are gone forever! Check them out at http://theproperpeople.com/shop. Thanks for the support!

  2. Beautiful, I’ve explored abounded places myself with a crew. Always I get the chills in a huge building with low light

  3. You can only imagine, or wonder how many nuns had orgies here, or how many people got fondled as minors at this goddamned place..

  4. Random person:
    "How do you know it's a kitchen?"
    Me:
    "Living rooms don't have ovens and microwaves do they?"

  5. Such a shame a building that ornate was left to rot. You'd think a medium-sized business owner would want to make that their headquarters or something.

  6. Just irritates me to know end when they leave the pipes yeah the supposed stain glass too but those pipes are usually unique.

  7. Because of government regulations and insurance company lobbies, many buildings like this are literally turning into pigeon shit.

  8. Drive past this building all the time. I love the outside, good to see what the inside looks like. I know a lot of local organizations and schools use the athletic fields around the building.

  9. Just incredibly sad how it has been left to decay. The stained glass should be salvaged as well as the organ pipes. So sad. Such a beautiful building.

  10. Another great tour — but always explore the organ, please. The console up close (manuals etc.) and behind the facade(s)! 😉

  11. Just watched your abandoned theatre in 2015. You guys have come a long way. From wobbly shoot to tv quality shoot! My only fav urbex channel!

  12. Town meeting: please if I can have your attention to the front. These gentlemen will show everyone why this place needs to be refurbished.

  13. It's sad to see buildings like the rot. It deserves to be restored and repurposed for some other use. Some non profit charity organization should consider investing in the property and turning into low income housing something along those lines.

  14. If I had been that lucky sob that won that 1.5billion back in October is have bought this place and had it restored.

  15. This is a perfect example of pepole not fearing God or the Lord or both . God help us were are your people going witch way ? hard life (MULDEW) ~ gary b *

  16. What a beautiful structure. So sad to see it going to rot. If the owners or local authorities are serious about preserving it for some future use, I have one word: tarps. C'mon people!

  17. Wow, a male only, military religious school sounds like the dreaming place to study 😗… The gothic appereance of the whole building is amazing tho. Great stuff guys!

  18. Look into Tartarie Empire and the Mud Flood info. Seems they had an influence on our architecture back when we had all the real ornate buildings in America like the one here. Such detail…

  19. Every time I see those high ceilings in Victorian structures it reminds me of why they wore such heavy clothes in the winter: all the heat was ten feet above their heads! The banister and balustrade filigreed iron work was so much better in those days. Thanks for the tour!

  20. For those people asking what school this was, it's St Paul's in New York. It was an Episcopalian school that went belly-up in 1991.

  21. The first thing that needs to be done is fixing the roof, then work your way down to fix the water damages, clean up the mess. But it will take much money to restore.

  22. Does anyone know the name of this facility and what city it's in? I'd love to do some research on its history and see if I can find photos of it when it was in operation. Thank you.

  23. I'm so happy that you explored this building! I pass by it all the time and have always wanted to know what it looks like on the inside.

  24. You guys need to include NAME OF PLACE, ITS LOCATION AND MORE INFORMATION in the description or at the beginning of the video!

  25. you find a lot of dead birds because they usually fly in by accident  through broken windows and  aren't able to find their way out.

  26. Church and School. 91 Freddie Death and Mario Pit Cup win. Dissolution of USSR and the church dies too. Odd. Catholic? Jesuits. Lenin based. So I wrote years ago, I can see your occult circle star and doing odd magics, stop, and God said, your sacrifices I will take but I will use them for My personal use only not yours. Then they know what I say is true. What I see is true. Not crazy, I'm like go away. My bff was in me saying yes to buying your pics, I'm like what? She has a house in TO Wayne coded and when we fought, she was doing renovations, then at the end, so much spent, a leaky toilet on the new top floor dripped down destroying it all into the basement so they had to redo it and the basement this time. My other bff lives where there was a swamp and he got totally flooded after his Lenin friend left and it cost a lot. Pairing homes and families with the story, in worldly only, while fighting to coup us and God destroys their homes. Good to realize, I'd not seen that yet. God saves them, bring money and help but still it's a hassle and cause effect of telling God He is not real, not needed in society or too busy for us. I am yeah, God, no, why I am all about God, I want to help but it's just God, go to God. Then you guy show what it looks like when you go to God. Thank you for that info. Those are teachers and paramedics, dispatchers of helis, also with UK army and Sting. The work is to love Tom Cruise to heal the US wars with everyone. You guys show that too. I saw they used his movie and Elon's work, other things, to destroy Elon's work using Mario mt house. Explains the sudden Korea war with my town when finding Tom. That's a pic they may want to buy, on your twitter but I don't know what video and you are not selling. Just like karma eh, you want now, but no. Frig. We control the information. Mail men on strike. Lenin propaganda turned real info needed but no, you have no karma. Patience with Patients so by denying people of real therapy, it's like being denied power over their own dominion when we are equal and should have instant right to what we need. Used to destroy many good things that advance society, they make money that way, cause destruction of the homes. God allows it why? We are being bad but He also has help for those being good. They still don't stop, they only increase the harm but I don't know what that does to serve them. Stop Anna. Hahah. If only that were your answer and cure eh? Need to reopen them and lock her away. Hahaha. Then all are healed and there is no work for you, Lenin. Ahh, so sad. Govt needs to focus now on this not on climate change, PM. Thanks. Trump is sure to go to jail today, wtf is wrong. So my negotiations prof in psych taught to hammer youth to get your way over them and he taught about stances, taking a position, but the political line and the criminal mafia line have meshed in these basements and caused confusion of when it is ok to fight for a position and when it is wrong. That is good to find out. Trump is insane due to these buildings. WH is always center of it all. Sad to see how this ruins lives. Now the Vatican can see how I walked by our asylum and rocked Italy. Churches and schools are in it too. Sad.

  27. No one ever really talks about this so I will. Can we just appreciate the fact that they don't make everything really creepy for no reason? Some channels will and I saw a video when I was little that was extremely creepy for no reason and I'm still scared to be honest. I'll only really watch this channel now because they don't do it, and they are respectful to the places they go.

  28. Those curtains are too clean, too white and too fresh. They would have never sustained that look. Somebody recently hung them for better photography.

  29. Hi, just a question, why wouldn't someone/hotel company restore the building and change it into a hotel? they'd have plenty of room and the stair case(s) could be restored as well. Also I am loving all these videos, they're very interesting to watch and see what's inside them 🙂

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