Monday, February 20, 2012

Old Harris School

Change comes slowly to 812 Southard Street.

In fact I dare say nothing much has changed at the Old Harris School in ages. This was, at the turn of the 20th century the pride of Key West, a purpose built public school.

Nowadays the school sits on a large piece of land and the whole ensemble is unloved and unused except for the incessant No Trespassing signs stuck all over the place.

Eventually some buyer will be found or renters or a development or something. The school district in a rare moment of radical insight nearly sold it to the defunct Rodel Foundation before they got wiped out by the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. The idea was to create an artists' colony in the building. Key West as a whole might actually have benefited.

There it sits, a No Trespassing sign hosting site and nothing more. An eyesore ready to lure squatters, a development with no developers. What a waste.

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