Pekin, IL High School (West Campus) 1916-1999
This is a short series of images I captured during a one day shoot on 2/11/14. I know for some of you this will be a little bitter sweet. All that was left of the beautiful architecture when I arrived was the front entrance and one side entrance that faced west. I drove past it for several years while it still stood and always liked the extreme detail of the building. It is detail you just don't see anymore especially for a school, of any kind. Even though I knew nothing about this school or its history it was sad so see it go and I felt it at least deserved the few images I could capture of it during it's last days. I am actually a little sorry I did not start earlier in my quest to photograph it now. I hope others were able to capture more of it than I was able too. If anybody has any comments or memories they would like to share please do so below. I would enjoy hearing from you.
Your work is beautiful. I went to West Campus in 1964 & 65 ( freshman ) and 1965 & 66 ( sophomore ). I have great memories of that campus. I found my best friend there,she and I remain best friends today. The LeeWay was the hot spot , everyone had their own space to gather. The school seemed hugh to a scared freshman, but after you got the hang of it , it was a piece of cake (NOT) !!! We had only 3 minutes to get from class to class, no matter how far in between!!! It's so sad to see it gone now ,at least I still have my memories, they can't tear those down !
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