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  1. The windows are intact! Granted that those on the first floor are protected by mesh, many on the easily-reachable second floor are not.
    Is it privately owned? Even the adjacent field and the rear playground do not look trashed or overgrown (at least on Google driveby).

  2. Swoooon, oh, the diapering and that superb English bond on the entrance! Oh, my god, Flemish bond on the body of the school!

    These buildings are just stunning examples of scholastic vernacular. There is one school (just off of Union, I think) that has a massive stone fireplace in a large front room near the entrance.

    • Hi Vicki Mabrey. I was a student at Gundlach with you. 3rd grade, I think!

      • Greetings, Vicki and Jackie……
        I was a classmate in the 60s…
        Leonard Wilbert

    • Hey Vicki. M I went there in the 60s & 70s go to GUNDLACH page and find what’s going on there’s a dance coming up

  3. Gundlach was my elementary school in the early to mid 1950’s. John W. Edie was our principal. Gloria O’Brien was the kindergarten teacher. I could name so many more. I remember the school picnics at the Forest Park Highlands and the school picnic parades. We walked to school and home for lunch and back. I have a picture of the Mother’s Club from when I was about 4. I was in the very last row with my mother and grandmother. I had two older brothers who graduated from Gundlach. I have their high school graduation pictures. I have a friend who was principal in the summer one year a Gundlach many years later. Some people don’t remember their elementary schools or teachers. Gundlach and it’s faculty are unforgettable.

  4. Help us take back our neighborhoods and revitalize our historic buildings. What can this property be used for? This part of the neighborhood is a ghost town until night fall. Don’t allow Gundlach to become another Central High School, destroyed building.

    • I think the best reuse of schools in this area are for senior housing. I have to admit that Gundlach is surrounded by mostly vacant houses. I do not know the solution.

  5. I also went to Gundloch in the 1950s, along with my sister Jackie who was 3 years older than me. I don’t remember who the Principal was but Mrs O’Brien was the Kindergarten teacher. I believe she played the piano.

    • Hey James go to GUNDLACH page and find what’s going on there’s a dance coming up for all classes

  6. I went to Laclede, on Kennerly at Goodfellow, but for manual training (for boys) and home ec (for girls) we walked to Gundloch once a week, Amazing to think of it now because it was a long walk to and from, up Kennerly past Clara to Belt, then east on Belt. It would never be allowed now. Laclede was a William B. Ittner masterpiece; Gundloch looked like an Ittner masterpiece, but another architect designed it although it seems who has been lost to history. Gundlach impressed with its wide hallways, linoleum floors and something Laclede did not offer, a lunchroom! WIth really delicious dining! This was the early 1950s and at that juncture the St. Louis public schools ranked among the best in the nation and the most creative.

    • That would be quite the walk! Thanks for sharing. What was the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood like back then?

  7. Hi, Gundlach would have been my designated school except I attend one of the Catholic Schools in the area. We lived on Burd Avenue for the time I was in elementary school and high school relocating in 1959. Certainly miss the old neighborhood.

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