The Gumnasium/Auditorium Building
We come to the Gymnasium Building. Neither the outside or inside has changes a lot. I have not confirmed it, but I suspect that it is being used as part of the New Beginings high school that occupies the Givernaud Cottage.
Looking down the hallway in the gymnasium building, the wood shop was on the left and the home-ec room which was in name only was on the right. It was, however used for certain events including dances in the mid 60s that had live bands and allowed the senior boys and girls got to mingle under the vigilant eyes of the nuns and prefects.
A weight lifting room now occupies the wood shop where Mr. Lampert once led shop sessions in the evenings for the senior boys.
Whow! This room hasn't changed at all! Band equipment still is in use in the band room by teens in the special-ed programs that use the facilities today. This room surely brings back memories of marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City and at the New York World's Fair. It was also one of the few opportunities for the boys and girls to be together. The room was locked necessitating shooting through the glass which reflected the corridor and now adds a ghost effect bringing back memories of the happy times rehearsing and performing for our marching band.
Some of the most memorable moments at the Village were when the children performed on this stage under the musical direction of many talented adults. Concerts and fund-raising dinners often consisted of musical production numbers from Broadway shows such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. The later being most fitting for that time in the Catholic Church and this home for children. Actual theater movies were shown most Friday nights on a full size cinemascope screen.
As writer, I tried not to hog this story with all of my own personal stories, but want to mention that I did a lot of work on this stage in the area of lighting using what little lighting equipment there was available. I was also projectionist for a period of time after Mr. Lampert left.
A view across the gymnasium. Little has changed here except the paint.
A view across the footlight pockets which opened up when in use. New curtains have been installed with an unusually low top valiance.
Two theater style Simplex 35mm optical sound movie projectors with carbon arc lamp houses were in a projection booth at the rear of the auditorium where the portholes were since closed up. The patchwork is evident where they attempted to continue the brick joint pattern. The red lines were added to the photo to show where the two lower projector ports and the two operators viewing ports were.
Across the main corridor from the entrance to the Gymnasium building was a small building containing kindergarten rooms.
Just beside the gymnasium was the swimming pool, our next stop on this tour. No need for a bathing suite as it has not been in use for many years.