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Where at on Grand is this located?
A priest molested me in that pool. Such wonderful memories!!!
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...
Sam, these pictures are cool!
I went to pre-school here! I've been dying to go in the building for years now!
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.
is that the one on Loughborough?
Got my pollywog plus in that deep end
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!
It is the old South City YMCA on Grand. It would be hard not to recognize that pool and courtyard.
Wow. A lot of my childhood was spent here. My first paying job was in this pool.
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.
there are lots of great places in the St. Louis area for UE photography. Congrats @patrickdevine on this feature
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.
Bernard Foshage your old work
I think they repurposed that as their YMCA.
I spent many hours at that YMCA. Swim lessons, parties. After school.
What's UO shawn smith?
I learned how to swim at this YMCA when I was a kid. Glad somebody found a use for it.
On uo, Patrick Devine?
Sandy R Taubenheim, check this out.
Link to his Instagram? There are lots of Patrick devices!?
I recognized the pool right away! Though I remember Peanuts characters painted on the walls. Back in the early 80s.
Ha! I don't know how to tag your personal Dennis Minner Photography page
Patrick Devine they won't find anything on my personal page. Thanks though
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!
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
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!
I spent a lot of time in the Arcaded building: I have some plates front those arcade printing presses.
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.
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.
I learned to swim in that pool. South Grand YMCA, near 44.
This building was a YMCA and is located at 2232 S. Grand Ave.
This Y is headed toward demolition. Bought by a group in California that doesn't give a hoot about its history. Sad...
I am part of a group that finds a home for old letterpresses. Do you know what is left there?
So, you are thief.
Me too Irene! :)
They tried to drown me in that pool! LOL!
Apparently experts say there were never any printing presses in the Arcade Bldg, just late model Linotypes and a proof press.