Thursday, November 29, 2007
Margaret Fuller School
My mother started school at the Margaret Fuller. The drawing above is an "artist's rendition," and leaves out the considerable slope of Glen road at the actual site. The article says that there was to be six rooms, but if each room has seven windows as described, I can only see four rooms.
This view looks up Glen road towards the front and side of the school. There's a block added to the back of the drawing above that would have doubled the size of the school. Was it built as in the drawing, or as it is today?
Boston Daily Globe April 14, 1892
New Primary School, Jamaica Plain
The school is a six-room building, located on Glen road, Jamaica Plain, within 600 feet of Franklin Park.
The building is a brick one, the outside steps and window sills only are stone. The steps are Italian renaissance, common Eastern brick, laid in Flemish bond, is used for the mass of the building, while the trimmings, such as the flat arches of the windows and the corners, are made of yellow moulded brick.
The whole effect is really pleasing and dignified.
In plan it is very compact and nicely arranged, each room being lighted by seven large windows. The wardrobes also receive light from the outside.
There are three rooms on each floor, with toilet and play rooms in the basement.
The building sits 22 feet back from the street, and the approach to the front door is made by a flight of 11 blue-stone steps.
The entrance is recessed 4 1/2 feet in the reveal of the arch, which is one of the architectural features of the design.
Inside the front door is a marble vestibule, with five marble steps bringing up to the first floor level, which is about eight feet above grade at this point.
From the front door is a central corridor with a schoolroom on each side, and another staircase corridor runs at right angles to two side entrances from the girls' and boys' playgrounds respectively.
Overthe front entrance in the second story is the teachers' room, from which a door leads out upon the wrought iron balcony, from which the school flag is to fly.
The "flushing out system" is used in the toilet rooms in the basement.
The ventilation and heating apparatus is of the indirect radiation type with the act of a fan.
It is nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy this term.
The total cost of the structure will be $39,000 or $110 for each pupil accomodated.