Madison Elementary – An Abandoned School In Ohio

Madison Elementary was a school in New Carlisle, Ohio which was built in 1919 and was closed in 2001. Students were moved to other schools in the area and the building was sold by the school board. It was bought by a local youth service and was re-established as a youth centre for a number of years. In the four years as a youth centre, it saw hundreds of local young people use the facility and gave a number of local youth groups a location from which to base their efforts.

In 2005, however, the former Madison Elementary was closed for good and left abandoned. A variety of plans were muted for redevelopment ranging from residential to recreational however nothing significant happened on that front and it continued to lie derelict. The city eventually decided to demolish the school and did so recently.

The school became a favourite amongst urban explorers in the Ohio area and beyond with frequent reports of trespassing by local police however they seldom took the matter further. Anti-social behaviour surrounding the former school was dealt with much more harshly. As stated above, Madison Elementary School was demolished recently although the YouTube videos below are from 2010 when a local urbex group in Ohio visited the former school and comes with the following description:

My grandfather offered to let me and my friend explore this abandoned school. Of course I couldn’t decline that offer. The school is called Madison Elementary, built in 1919 and is located in the small town of New Carlisle, Ohio. It was an interesting trip for my dad because he attended school here. The place was pretty much stripped but was still interesting and my dad was able to find some of his old classrooms.

Location: New Carlisle, Ohio, USA

Category: School

Abandoned: 2005

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