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Saving Memories

I am sure it is obvious to everyone that Mr. Menace and I both love to hold onto the past by saving memories. We both love antiques, vintage items, and things that remind us of days gone by.

Concord Elementary School, Alabama Schools

Mr. Menace grew up about a block and a half from the Concord Elementary School, here in Alabama. According to their website, Concord Elementary School, this building was built in 1956, but there has been a school in Concord since 1886.

Many thanks to Grandma’s House DIY for featuring this post on her blog HERE!

Preservation, Pediment, Concord School


This is the stage, where Mr. Menace, as a fifth grader, won third place in the talent show. He did a comedy routine and I guess that’s where his humorous personality began to shine. The stage is actually behind the wall with the mural. This wall was an addition to form two separate classrooms in more recent years.

Preservation, Pediment, Concord School

Mrs. Sanders classroom. Where Mr. Menace got his first F. He remembers that fact but not what it was for.

Preservation, Pediment, Concord School, salvage bricks

I took these pictures in 2013, just before this building was totally torn down. A new building had been built a couple of miles away and this one slated for demolition. Mr Menace stopped and asked the demo team if he could get a few things. They were non-committal but did indicate that the items were just going to the landfill.

Preservation, Pediment, Concord School, salvage bricks


For several weekends during the demolition period when the crew was away, many of the area residents, stopped by and gathered bricks from the torn down walls. I have another project in mind for the pile that we collected, which of course will be a future post.Preservation, Pediment, Concord School

One morning on the way to work, we noticed that the whole rest of the building was down. Mr. Menace had to turn back to look, and what he found under the pile of debris was this treasure, the piece that we really wanted.

Preservation, Pediment, Concord School

Preservation, Pediment, Concord School


Stay tuned… exciting events to come!


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  1. Lisa Hollowell says:

    Hunter looked at this post with me and admired the lights in the school. He recognized all the things that Dennis took. And then he said we needed to come visit again! 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      I was a bit afraid when he took that pediment apart. He never numbers pieces or even takes pictures and always have a puzzle to put back together. But so far, he has always managed to figure out how it goes back. It just takes a while. LOL Thanks for visiting Ricki. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Hi Sara! I do not know if anyone got the mural. I bet there were some pretty wood floors in there too. I would love to have those. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and come again for the reveal. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Mr. Menace won’t let me do what I want with this project! hahaha He is determined to do it his way. Thanks for visiting Karen. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Funny, I remember the failing grade I got… and I can’t remember anything from my past. LOL Thanks for visiting Kathleen! 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      My back is dreading it, but I can’t wait to get started on building a patio with those bricks. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Teresa says:

    I am so anxious to see the project your have in mind. The shape of the old wood is pretty amazing looking. Love the old brick too! Thank you for sharing at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

    • gwingal says:

      Hi Teresa. I plan to use the bricks to make a patio and Mr. Menace is going to display the school pediment as a memory. Hope you’ll stop by again to see them finished. 🙂

  3. tarahlynn says:

    Can’t wait to see your future projects! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party, I’ll featuring you tomorrow on my site when the new party starts!

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