My Own Private Playground (2015)

 

The Round School — Greeley, Colorado

Leaving the school, I took this final shot of the playground…my playground for an hour or so trying to figure out how and why this place was just left open for me to wander around in…

Modified Nikon D100 (Near Infrared capture)

More of my work can be seen here

Greeley, Colorado

Robert Marsala

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The Not So Open School (2015)

 

The Round School — Greeley, Colorado

The open school design rejected small classrooms for large open spaces, was a short-lived educational plan developed in the 1960s. By design, students and teachers from all grades were encouraged to interact and thereby foster learning opportunities. A plan undone by the reality of noise and  the instructors inability to focus on each child – so these large spaces were broken up by portable room dividers – effectively undoing the open school plan from the inside out…

Nikon D800

More of my work can be seen here

Greeley, Colorado

Robert Marsala

Darkness Must Fall (2016)

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J. W. Cooper School — Shenandoah, Pennsylvania

Despite renovation work, there are still plenty of spaces that have not been touched…Thanks for coming along on this high school exploration, Tomorrow we start  a tour of America’s last silk mill – which closed its doors in 1957.

Nikon D800

More of my work can be seen here

J. W. Cooper School

Built to Last (2016)

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J. W. Cooper School — Shenandoah, Pennsylvania

The Cooper school is a 45,000 square feet structure built on a steel frame with walls made of brick and sandstone. The walls supply no support to the roof – the entire load is transferred to the steel skeleton into the foundation. Each room is individually fireproof; the East/West walls are 24″ thick and the North/South Walls are 30″ thick.  The building footprint is 100′ x 150′ and has 600′ of sidewalk.

 

Nikon D800

More of my work can be seen here

J. W. Cooper School