The Abandoned Elementary School

Updated: Feb 9

Welcome to The Abandoned 1920s Elementary School

Location: West Virginia

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The Property

Built in 1921 and left to rot, this place sits atop a hill overlooking a small town with the population of 105. Upon arriving we were met by some helpful locals who pointed us in the direction to this school. When we. got to the top of the hill I was blown away by the size of this place. It was a massive three story, concrete building.

The Spoils

As we rounded a bend we came across the train, just baking in the 100 degree heat. I pulled myself into the back of the first car and started immediately snapping photos. I knew that the longer we were out there, the hotter it would get. We arrived at about 1PM to the train and began filming our music videos that we had come to film.

I love the way these desks are strewn out on the front lawn. It's almost as if they're trying to escape the building.

Check out the way these stairs have been smashed up. I'm sure this is. the doing of either a construction company trying to break the building down or some locals wreaking havoc on the building. If you'd like a print of any of these photos you can pick one up in my PRINT SHOP.

I love how many desks are sitting around in this place like they're about to start their first day of urbex school.

I was here to film a music video for the artist Klairvoyant and you can see the music video below.

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This was my favorite room. Look at the moss that has completely covered the floor of this classroom. The damp environment in West Virginia has really allowed nature to consume this building and take it back into the earth. I love seeing stuff like this. It's a reminder that everything will return to nature one day.


After we finished filming the music video we headed to the gymnasium to check it out and what we found surprised me. It was full of children's sports gear, basketballs, score card numbers, and the roof had collapsed through the basketball court floor.

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