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November 30, 2008


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The Scott Street School

HELP ME! I'm a building and can't get the hell out of Baton Rouge and go somewhere people would take care of me!

Help! Help! I'm being left to starve and rot.

The vines! The vines! They're coming for me! I know this!

I'm no dummy, I used to be a school. They used to not let white kids learn in me, and then when they legally could . . . none wanted to.

So I was left to die. Especially after that Head Start thing didn't work out.

Lawdy, I've had it! See how those people treat a building on the National Register?



I think you would like that discovery or history channel special that showed how the world would change if the humans were wiped off the face of the earth...kind of like an XTREME abandoned sitch.

nouveau rouge

The Scott School is slated for redevelopment!!! The same non-profit that built the OBrien House annex is converting the school into affordable housing: https://www.gchp.net/projects/baton_rouge_midcity_bchp_scott.pdf
The church is still in use; apparently it has a rockin' Hammond B3 organ.

Leslie @ the oko box

Maybe it's not a pile of biscuits, but rather the beloved Donut Holes everyone obsessed over. :)
(have you tried southern "drop biscuits" yet?)
This one was not only creepy in picture, but you made it a scary story! I think the ferns growing out the bricks are beautiful & 100% tales from the dark side!


That school is seriously beautiful, although it could use a shave.


Side Note: In the 1950's there was a major growth in membership at the masonic lodges. This led to the formation of 5 new lodges, in addition to several already in the area. Since that time, the membership has declined again, leaving many lodges merging and old buildings being sold or left to waste.


I attended that church as a young lad. At the time it was called "New Guide Baptist Church". But that was about 35 years ago.

It's only been the last few years that I've come to appreciate the beauty of the building and which I could play some part in restoring it.

Well, maybe in a few years...

Older BR Lady

This church had a barber shop on the right side of the entrance. Supposedly, the only church in America with its own barber shop.Quite a landmark back then.
The Doggie Jail was Dr. Virgil Ford's Animal Hosp. He was one of the most caring vets I have ever come across. He cared for folks pets even if they couldn't pay. He passed away in the last few years.


I went to that head start when i was little. They closed it then to "rebuild". thats been about 12 years ago


I drive by these 19th St. buildings every day going home from work. The old Cain's grocery has been demolished, the school is still abandoned, I've never seen anything going on at the church, and I still see people sorting through bricks from time to time!

Love the blog.

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