Washburne Trade School Almost Gone

Update: This is probably no longer the largest building that I’ve been in to be demolished. That distinction goes to Crestwood Mall.

I had heard that Washburne was coming down quickly, but I was stunned at the rate of progress. I parked along the street in front, got out and took some photos, wished I had some money for tacos from the stand by me, and then got back on the road.

You can’t tell me they couldn’t find a use for this building? Damage from the fire, which precipitated the demolition–supposedly–is evident in several photos. Check out my other photos here and here.

When the demolition is complete, this will be the largest building I have ever been inside that has been destroyed.

A dubious distinction, indeed.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Terry Garrett says:

    I heard Oprah Winfrey or some other famous person(s) went to school here. Do you know anything about it?

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Probably not. Washburne was actually infamous for closing down before they allowed African-Americans to attend.


      Anyone else know?

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