Industrial school superintendent’s mansion for boys for demolition

LANCASTER – A mansion that once housed the superintendent of Boys Industrial School in Lancaster may soon be demolished.

The mansion is currently on the property of the South East Correctional Complex along BIS Road.

According to a classified ad in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, the CCS is seeking to demolish the building at no cost.

Business administrator Chuck Ressley said the CCN had no use for the building, which is currently in disarray.

“There was no reason to invest any money in it,” Ressley said. “We tried to get the historical society to get the upper hand. It would have taken several million dollars to get this building up to date because of its expense, so what are we using it for?”

According to Ressley, the building’s roof has collapsed, the exterior wood is beyond repair and the front porch has fallen.

“It’s going to be demolished, or it’s going to fall, one way or another,” Ressley said.

Anyone who agrees to demolish the building will be able to keep any scrap metal from the building as payment, including lumber, bricks and other materials.

The principal's residence at the Lancaster Boys' Industrial School, seen here in this historic photo.  The mansion is to be demolished at the request of the Southeastern Correctional Institute.

BIS was founded in 1857 as the Ohio School of Reform before the name changed in 1884. Young male delinquents were housed on BIS grounds, according to the Ohio History Connection.

The boys attended school for half a day at the facility, while the other half was spent either working on the Ohio Reform School farm or learning a trade in one of the professional buildings. of campus.

In 1964, the BIS was transformed into the Fairfield School for Boys, and would see another change 16 years later, in 1980, as the school became the Southeast Ohio correctional center for adult offenders.

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