Abandoned Lake Elsinore Military School

June 22nd 2013

June 22nd 2013

Haunting and alluring in a state of active decay the aging Elsinore Naval and Military Academy was constructed in the late 1920s as part of the Southern California Athletic and Country Club, but the club never opened due to financial troubles and the coming depression.

Same building as above probably in the late 1940s

Same building as above probably in the late 1940s

In 1933, the stately building opened as a military school for boys in grades 1-12 opened. It averaged 150 to 200 students until it closed in 1977.The school played host and home to sons of wealthy parents, including foreign dictators and even the son of actor Bela Lugosi, of  “Count Dracula” fame.

The school has remained empty since 1977 suffering fire in the main lobby and the out buildings that housed classrooms burned down in the 1980s.  Vandalism, squatters and the weather take their toll each year. The facade beyond a ineffective chain link security fence appears tired and worn as it awaits restoration or a wrecking ball.

The old academy has become the creepy Overlook of Inland Southern California.

To see many more photos of this grand old building and learn more visit : http://enmsalumni.freeservers.com/photo.html

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4 thoughts on “Abandoned Lake Elsinore Military School

  1. Great perpective, and interesting thoughts on the matter.

  2. Lovely shots. Thanks for stopping by. Happy sky watching.

  3. This is really interesting, and didn’t know it existed. I might need to check it out. Would be wonderful if someone would restore it to it’s original grandeur.

  4. beautiful captures…lovely!

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