Campbell Center

Recently, I took a week-long course at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carrol, Illinois. Not only was the course highly informative, I also had a blast exploring the early 20th century campus. One evening we were able to go into the old gymnasium that hadn’t been used since the seventies.

Campbell Center Gymnasium

The gym is not very exciting from the outside but wait until you see inside!

The old pool in the basement of the gym

The old pool in the basement of the gym is in remarkably good condition, don’t worry about the mold in the corners, it adds character

Bathroom Sinks

The bathrooms were not so well-preserved

Bathroom Stalls in Abandoned Gym

The dilapidated bathroom stalls

Early 20th Century Gym

I am not sure what this room was used for, maybe it was a locker room?

Basketball Court

The basketball court, complete with basketball

Theater in Gymnasium

There was even a theater at the end of the basketball court, painted on the wall were the names of the crew of “The Silver Whistle” performed in 1959

Basketball Court and Theater From Above

This was taken from a small room overlooking the basketball court

Ping Pong Table in Abandoned Gym

A Ping Pong table in the room overlooking the basketball court

Shower Stalls in Old Gym

This was the old shower room

Sinks in ealry 20th century gym

I took this picture by sticking my arm around the corner because I could not walk into this room due to all the rubble

Old Room in Gym

I was not able to explore all of the rooms because the light was fading quickly, I pretty much just shot these last two photos on the fly while I was finding my way out of the gym

Last Room in the Old Gym

One last glimpse of the old gym

I loved being able to explore this old building, what a rare treat!


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