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A student photographer catches the quirky nature of the old building before it is demolished this summer.

The current Lincoln building opened in 1952 and, being 70 years old, the current Lincoln building it has its fair share of leaking pipes and asbestos-filled walls. Next year, Lincoln students will enjoy a pristine and modern building. It is easy to take for granted all the features of the current building that may feel like a gross inconvenience, but work to make us unique.

Cardinal Times reporters Mary Carney and Morgan Miller set out to find the places in Lincoln that are worn out, broken and grimy. These places have become a reality for students who have grown accustomed to them; they wouldn't expect anything less from the building they call home.

CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: MORGAN MILLER - In the freshmen girls' bathroom, only three of the seven stalls are available. This is especially unhelpful for the post-lunch bathroom rush. The closed stalls are either randomly locked, or plastered with "Out of Order" signs. CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: MORGAN MILLER - In Lincoln's basement near the ceramics room, there is a freight elevator. The odd lighting, stains and grime make this part of Lincoln seem straight out of a horror film. CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: MORGAN MILLER - One of several holes in the ceiling of the senior hall girls' bathroom, decorated with leftover paint footprints from a class color competition. These holes occasionally spray water into the stalls below. CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: MORGAN MILLER - The cafeteria sign, leading down to Lincoln's basement classrooms and the kitchen, has worn away. The letters "E" and "T" are replaced by handwritten ones "E" and "T." The cafeteria sign often can be seen surrounded by posters, stickers and other drawings. CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: MORGAN MILLER - Lincoln has had lead in its water since 2016. This year, the school has begun fixing some of the fountains. Of the few drinkable fixtures, this one seems to be closed for an unknown reason.
CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: MORGAN MILLER - In sophomore hall, years of leaking rainwater stain the papier-mâché-like ceiling. Some sophomores even receive some dripping in their lockers when it rains.
CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: MORGAN MILLER - A bucket and wet floor sign sit under the leaking ceiling of the bathroom in sophomore hall. A common occurrence in any Lincoln bathroom, a bucket or trash can often is seen among the stalls. The dripping of the ceiling often is joined by a leaky faucet.


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