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Holley High School

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Holley High School was built in the center of Holley, NY and opened in 1931. The Neo-Classical Revival building was designed by Carl Ade, a Rochester architect and school specialist. The school features fire-proof construction with structural steel frame, reinforced concrete floors, and brick exterior walls.

The school was closed in January 1976 due it's inability to service a growing student population. In the early 1980s, the school's gym was used as a machine shop by Liftec Manufacturing until they went bankrupt approximately 20 years ago. Liftec renovated a western section of the school's first floor to look like a retail store space.

According to locals, the estimated cost of asbestos abatement 15-20 years ago was one million dollars. The building also contains lead paints, among other health hazards.

Recently, the Landmark Society of Western New York identified the school as being one of their “Five to Revive” for economic development within the Rochester region.

Most of these photos were taken in November 2008 during my first exploration of the school.

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