Poor destiny for the Pagé School
Poor destiny for the Pagé School

Poor destiny for the Pagé School

Poor destiny for the Pagé School

Old abandoned village school

Montérégie (Quebec), Canada

When I was a kid, there was something mysterious to me about this place. I lived nearly twenty years in this village and I had visited this school only once when I was seven or eight years old. Built in the 1950s, it was a school for around fifteen years, time needed to build a bigger and more modern one a stone's throw away. Once closed, the building became a home for mentally disabled people.

In my memory, once descended into the basement facing the main entrance, there was a huge gym. Well, for a 7 years old kid, the term "huge" is rather relative, but the important thing is there was a huge amount (I remind you that I was only 7) of rocking chairs where old folks was waiting... 

The old Pagé school is also known to have hit the headlines. Around 1990, a fire caused the death of four patients. The cause? An attendant had start a fire with some clothes. The place had been renovated and had resumed operations thereafter. Closed around the 2000s, it's now abandoned and no project is on the table to do something with the building.

In short, I went back on a Friday night after having found an opportunity to enter a few days earlier. That night, it was raining  and I must say it was raining almost as much inside. The floor was a pool and a musty smell was in the air.

My first observation was to realize that there was no gym. In questioning my father and an aunt who had already frequented this primary school, but neither were able to confirm the existence of the gym. Anyway, we don't really care.

Although the place is covered of graffiti and broken windows, I must say that the place is, after all, well preserved. There has water damage everywhere, but the structure is not in a bad shape. Moreover, apart from a new home for the aged (or disabled), I do not see what could be done with this building. Maybe two or three lofts, but stuck between a cemetery and a farm, it does not sound very glamorous ...

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