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Love in the Ruins
An Idea whose Time has Come

Choate School, Choate, Texas

TX Choate School
Photo courtesy Shannon Grayson, 2014
Many towns (and cities) across Texas have buildings in a state of limbo. Preservationists want to save them, while others want them torn down. Funds are usually unavailable so the can is simply kicked down the road. The pro-demolition forces pray for rain, so that nature will rot the roofs until demolition is the only alternative. But at last comes a solution. These photos of the beloved Choate School come from photographer Shannon Grayson who also supplies the explanation of the event(s) pictured. With minimal expense (weather permitting), alumni can have more than an open field to show their grandkids and the community retains a physical piece of its architectural past. - Editor

Choate School
Ms Grayson's description:
"The "old school", now the Choate Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, was the setting for an engagement party honoring Ashley James (granddaughter,Reagan Rogers, a former student of the school and his wife Dorothy) and her fiancÚ Keegan Gross. The church members had the ruins of the school burned out and cleared in hopes of staging events just as this special occasion. Decorations and theme were in keeping with the time period of the era and created by family members headed by cousin of the bride, Christian Grayson. Back in October of 2013 he also held a movie night where he built an "old Rialto" movie screen." - Shannon Grayson, July 14, 2014
TX Choate School celebration
Photo courtesy Shannon Grayson, 2014
TX Choate School celebration
Photo courtesy Shannon Grayson, 2014
TX Choate School celebration
Photo courtesy Shannon Grayson, 2014
TX Choate School Rialto
Photo courtesy Shannon Grayson, 2013
TX Choate School Rialto
Photo courtesy Shannon Grayson, 2013
TX Choate School Rialto movie night
Photo courtesy Shannon Grayson, 2013
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