In 2009, when Josh Tzucker was a senior at Lake Washington High School, we wanted a challenge for his senior project. What he chose to tackle was to archive a virtual tour of the building before it was to be torn down and replaced. What Josh has created is an impressive record of exactly how things were at LWHS in 2009. You can virtually walk the halls, visit a classroom and recall the way things used to be. This was no small task. We have embedded Josh's tutorial video above so you can get an overview of what his website offers. We encourage you to visit http://theoldlw.com/ and take the tour yourself.
With the knowledge that my school was going to be torn down in the coming years, and desperate for a way to combine my love for technology and new found obsession with panoramas into a challenging senior project, I came up with something that would take me over a year to finish and well over a thousand hours to complete; preserving the entire school in digital form. With my knowledge of Google streetview and realtor-type interactive tours, I came up with the idea of photographing every room in Lake Washington High School, stitching the photos into panoramas, and then stitching the panoramas into a virtual tour. What I didn't realize is A) how many rooms there are in LW, B) how long it takes to stitch large panoramas, and C) how bad the lighting is in a standard building. All my hardships aside, 9,000 digital photos later I had successfully photographed (almost) every room in LW. However, this was the easy part, if you can believe it. What came next was a year of exhausting work, painfully hand stitching photos together in various software applications, masking out tripods slowly with a digital tablet, and drinking more coffee than I care to divulge. It seemed like I would never finish and all my work would be wasted. However, a few weeks ago, I finished putting the last puzzle pieces together and started contacting the district to get permission to post my project online. I had finished what I thought unfeasible.