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Draperies + gravity


In my various wanderings, peering into abandoned buildings (or even going inside, briefly), I am always amazed by the kinds of things that get left behind when the school closes down, the business can’t make it, the homeowners leave.

This school has been abandoned since 1975, and the drapes are still there.

But, like everything else, those left-behind curtains are giving in to gravity.

You know who will win.

Bula School (abandoned)
Bailey County, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

The hearthside chair


The door was open. Literally, I mean. The heavy metal door was unlocked, so I pulled it open. Behind it, a screen door like the kind on a 1950s house. I pushed it open, using my elbow, and stepped inside. Not far, though, as the floor was covered with debris and I am not quite current on my tetanus shot.

But across the room, I saw this chair and heater, looking quite happy together.

Bula School (abandoned)
Bailey County, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

Recline. Decline.


Out in Bailey County, on the corner where Farm Road 54 makes a hard left to the north, the old Bula School molders away. The oldest building has collapsed to the point where on the front facade remains; there are a couple of other buildings that aren’t quite that far gone but it’s easy to see where they are heading.

inside the remains of the Bula School
Bailey County, Texas
photographed 2.4.2011

December 29


Sure, it’s not as beautiful as this see-through building, which was photographed by my pal Brett Erickson, but it is still an example of that particular architectural genre.

along County Road 123
Bailey County, Texas

photographed 9.9.11

November 26

If you go to, the school’s picture is the ruins of the front entrance.

I don’t know where kids in Bula go to school now, or even if there are kids in Bula anymore.

Bula School, 4 of 4
Corner of Farm Road 54 and Farm Road 37
Bailey County, Texas

photographed 2.4.11

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