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Post-Apocalyptic Portraits of Abandoned YMCA Taken by St. Louis Pastry Chef (PHOTOS)

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Devine also sent us a series from an abandoned skyscraper somewhere in St. Louis. Click through to check them out.


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42 comments
ccsucher
ccsucher

Where at on Grand is this located?

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

A priest molested me in that pool. Such wonderful memories!!!  

Kelsey Hoff
Kelsey Hoff

Looks like the abandoned ymca off south grand by Compton heights. I took swimming lessons in that pool as a kid. Im 30 now so yeah that's about how Id think it would look...

linusandlucy13
linusandlucy13

I went to pre-school here! I've been dying to go in the building for years now!

LilCrystal StLouis
LilCrystal StLouis

There is not an a YMCA on Grand. The new one is off of Grand by Holly Hills & the old one is on Loughborough next to 55hwy.

Pete Allen
Pete Allen

Got my pollywog plus in that deep end

Lace King
Lace King

Agreed! Part of the reason I moved to STL after college, as a Detroit native. My favorite has got to be the abandoned SLU Parks College in Cahokia, IL!

Jenna Brown
Jenna Brown

It is the old South City YMCA on Grand. It would be hard not to recognize that pool and courtyard.

Brian Schaffer
Brian Schaffer

Wow. A lot of my childhood was spent here. My first paying job was in this pool.

Bernard John Foshage
Bernard John Foshage

Not the YMCA I worked at. The building is actually in use some how and not abandoned. This might be the old South City YMCA on Grand not far from Compton heights.

Jon Jon
Jon Jon

there are lots of great places in the St. Louis area for UE photography. Congrats @patrickdevine on this feature

Jenna Brown
Jenna Brown

I had my very first job working at that YMCA as a lifeguard. I'm sad to see this beautiful building in such disrepair, but these pictures are great.

Daniel Christen
Daniel Christen

I spent many hours at that YMCA. Swim lessons, parties. After school.

Tom Christen
Tom Christen

I learned how to swim at this YMCA when I was a kid. Glad somebody found a use for it.

John May
John May

Link to his Instagram? There are lots of Patrick devices!?

Beth Bechtold Carpenter
Beth Bechtold Carpenter

I recognized the pool right away! Though I remember Peanuts characters painted on the walls. Back in the early 80s.

Patrick Devine
Patrick Devine

Ha! I don't know how to tag your personal Dennis Minner Photography page

Dennis Minner Jr.
Dennis Minner Jr.

Patrick Devine they won't find anything on my personal page. Thanks though

Patrick Devine
Patrick Devine

This is crazy. I didn't realize how many people had recent memories of this place! Thanks to Dennis Minner Jr. For the tour! Check out his photography page, too!

bill.streeter
bill.streeter topcommenter

At least the last two photos aren't from a YMCA they're from the Arcade Building downtown. I've been in there and took photos there myself: http://bit.ly/Mm9N0w

Lace King
Lace King

Saint Louis and east saint Louis have some awesome sports for urban exploration and photography. Slu Has even left an entire college campus abandoned in cahokia. Rock on, man!

Brian Edwards
Brian Edwards

I spent a lot of time in the Arcaded building: I have some plates front those arcade printing presses.

Gina Keesal
Gina Keesal

Ooh, that's kinda spooky...I took karate classes there as a kid, and some swimming classes at that very pool. In my mind, it doesn't seem that long ago. But damn....I guess it was.

Philip Byrne Shortal
Philip Byrne Shortal

It's so funny, I've had so many great memories going there as a child. I learned to swim there, I took Tae kwon do there, I even had a birthday party in the upstairs part. I pass it everyday on my way to work and just watch this place with sentimental ties just crumble.

Irene Brooks
Irene Brooks

I learned to swim in that pool. South Grand YMCA, near 44.

CatBlade
CatBlade

Macaroons.... :::drool:::

emberrbaker
emberrbaker

This building was a YMCA and is located at 2232 S. Grand Ave.


nirose42
nirose42

This Y is headed toward demolition. Bought by a group in California that doesn't give a hoot about its history. Sad...

BillHannegan
BillHannegan

I am part of a group that finds a home for old letterpresses. Do you know what is left there?


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9tn7t6
9tn7t6

So, you are thief.

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