Abandoned Vermont: Brandon High School

The trailer sitting in front of the high school adds to the abandoned feel.

The trailer sitting in front of the high school adds to the abandoned feel.

This 1916 building was constructed as the high school in Brandon, VT. It operated until around the 1960s, when the regional high school was built. Brandon High School has an owner (as all buildings do), with ideas of converting the building into condos/apartments. However, the building has been empty and neglected for many years.

Wouldn't it be nice to walk to these school doors?

Wouldn’t it be nice to walk to these school doors? Quiz: would you call this building Neoclassical Revival or Beaux Arts?

The front doors, closed and barricaded. Nice sidelights, transom, and details.

The front doors, closed and barricaded. Nice sidelights, transom, hardware, and details.

Looking through the front entrance.

Looking through the front entrance.

Cornerstone. 1916.

Marble cornerstone. 1916.

Brick details between the first and second stories.

Brick details between the first and second stories.

Side steps to nowhere. An addition removed?

Side steps to nowhere. An addition removed? Yikes.

That last step will get you. And note some deterioration on the door frame.

That last step will get you. And note some deterioration on the door frame.

Details.

Details.

View from the ground. The windows on the concrete foundation look into the (very deep) basement. The first and second floors were used as classroom space.

View from the ground. The windows on the concrete foundation look into the (very deep) basement. The first and second floors were used as classroom space.

The building appears in solid condition. Looking into the building the ceilings have been removed, but the joists remain. Old school supplies lie scattered on the floor. Some windows are broken, but overall, the building appears to have potential, despite being empty for decades. Sending good vibes to Brandon, VT. This building sits just outside the designated historic district and within walking distance of Brandon’s downtown, which is filled with shops and restaurants. If you’re traveling in Vermont, it’s a great place to stop. (I’ve had ice cream a few times in the ice cream & antique shop…and sat on the giant chair with my sisters).

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12 thoughts on “Abandoned Vermont: Brandon High School

  1. Kaitlin,

    A voice from the past…

    What is your email address. My daughter-in-law, Tina, just happened dot visit the Brandon school yesterday and took a neat photo I want to send to you. She and my son move to their new home in Brandon next month.

    Marian

    Marian Wingo 228-324-6686

  2. What a handsome, solid-looking building, despite the neglect. (So many of them are just this way!) Thank you for the mini-tour. I hope the owner is able to proceed with his plans…and take care of those steps to nowhere. ;)

  3. The old Brandon High School became an elementary school and the name was changed to Seminary Hill School. I was the principal from 1967 – 1977. Initially, only students that lived within the Brandon Graded School District, which was “downtown” Brandon went there. The rest of the town pupils attended the Forestdale School. The two eventually merged, and for quite some time, all K-3 students attended Forestdale, and 4-6 were located in at Seminary Hill and Ayrshire.The lower level of the building was the gymnasium/auditorium, and as noted classrooms were on the first and second floors. The collapse at the side door is where the boiler room was located. There were not enough classrooms for the entire population of students, so three rooms were rented at the Ayrshire Building across town. The students housed there walked to the main building for lunch and physical education. As the one room schools in Sudbury and Goshen closed, those students also attended the Brandon system. The school continued to exist until the Neshobe School was built.

  4. My Father was supt of schools for Rutland Northeast District from ’48 until 1954. His office was in BHS. RED included many small towns including Chittendon. I attended Barstow School and lived in a house given to town by Mrs. Barstow. Understand her home is now an inn. Thanks for the memory.

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