Hanging Grove School, built in 1922 to serve Hanging Grove Township children in grades one through eight, still stands on State Road 114 and County Road 320 E. east of Rensselaer. One of several remaining but endangered township school buildings in Jasper County, the structure features impressive Art Deco and Craftsman styling with attractive white terra cotta accents reflecting the architecture of the 1920s. Classified as outstanding in the Jasper County Inventory, the school was vacated in the 1960s and used for a short time as a church before being permanently closed. The structure has deteriorated to the point where the roof is partially collapsed, window are broken out and the interior is decaying. It is, however, structurally sound, still restorable and is listed on the 2007 Jasper County list of Ten Most Endangered Historic Structures.
Since the pamphlet was issued, a bit of the wall in the back has collapsed.
Some updates on other vacant schools:
The Jordan Township School served as a school for CDC for a couple of years before they got facilities in Rensselaer. That probably would have been in the 70s. Also, this weekend the alumni from this school are having a reunion at the Tri-County Bible Church.
The Mt Ayr school is starting to deteriorate. The newer sections are not holding up as well as the original part. Also, a couple of months ago its ownership changed. A man in Crown Point owned it and sold it to Merrillville woman but the transaction may have been only to avoid some legal problems.
I finally visited the North Newton Township School and will eventually get around to doing a few posts on it.