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.

29 comments:

  1. Hello,


    I am actually looking for an old teacher that used to work there. Mr.Dolan, he taught 3rd grade in teh 90's. If you have any info on how to find/contact him please let me know. Thank you again.

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    1. I also had Mr Dolan in the 80's, for 3rd grade and to this day he was my favorite teacher who made a difference in my life. I am now a 3rd grade teacher!

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    2. I had Mr. Dolan for 3rd grade in the 90's as well! One of the greats, for sure.

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  2. Hi, Im also looking to contact Mr. Dolan. Any information would be amazing


    ---john

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  3. I'm the third guy looking for Mr. Dolan... went to school in boston for 6 months. I thought he was sort of a bastard, then again so was I.

    - Derek

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  4. I had mr. dolan. he was a good dude. the worst one was the 5th grade teacher. i cant remember her name. she was aweful. then this really sweet younger woman took over my fifth grade year. ms. woods i think was her name. i remember mrs. robins too. she was my favorite teacher.

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    1. The 5th grade teacher was Mrs. Clayman. She was obsessed with her cat Cassius Clayman and she very clearly hated kids. The kindergarten teacher Mrs. Wellington was just as mean. But at the school fair she would have a pyramid of lollipops game. Mr. Dolan was my favorite teacher. Although he spent a lot of time teaching 3rd graders about the figure skating at the Winter Olympics and the OJ Simpson trial.

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  5. @Shane Meltzer...That teacher's name was Mrs. Clayman...Yeah she was a mean one...I had her as a 5th grade teacher...

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    1. Hey Diana...I remember you, hope all is well with you. I chilled with Michy and Glenda I lived behind the school in the brick buildings. In paleta donw the hill.Not sure if u remember.

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  6. Mrs. Clayman What a Character! Miss her though..I really Liked Miss Laterze or was it Mrs. Powers..

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    1. I had Mrs. Clayman in the 5th grade. A year prior in the 4rth grafe I had Miss Laterze who was my favorite, She got married while I was a student of hers. The whole class did a movie for channel 2 ROBIN HOOD shot in the Arnold Arboretum and behind the school in the woods. I would love to see it sometime.

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  7. I too had Ms.Laterze think her room was in the
    basement....ahhh what childhood memories
    at that school

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  8. I am looking for Mrs. Taylor! she was the best !!!

    @ Shane Meltzer, it was Ms. Woodard :) she was awsome! She is actually teaching at another elememtary school in Jamaica Plain, I belive the Hennigan ..

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  9. I also had Mrs Clayman for 5th grade her classroom was the first room to the left after you entered the building from the Glen road entrance. She was ok also wore green glasses and had two son's howie and I cannot remember the other sons name the sons would show up every once in a while and she would make them pass out cookies

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  10. This may well be hopeless: I'm looking for Mr. Jackson, who taught 4th grade in 1967 and saved my life...

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  11. THE YEAR 1963 WHERE THE GIRLS HAD SEWING..BOYS WENT FOR WOODWORKING ON FRIDAYS ..ROOSEVELT SCHOOL SIXTH GRADE..REMEMBER PHIL. CONSTI.. JOHNNY FONSECA JOHN G. DANNY MEYERS, KEVIN MCGOVERN. MYRON, PETER PAYLOR, BILLY MALOVICH.. CHARLIE AMBROSE. OLGA POPKIN SHE WAS THE ANGEL BLOND BEAUTIFUL AND NEVER FORGET THE WHIP ..THREE ON EACH HAND BY MISS SHAUNASEY FOR OUT BURST IN THE CLASS ROOM . THOSE DAYS.. IS THE TIME THAT STOOD IN MANY MEMORIES.. INNOCENTLY WE WERE BAD.

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    1. YES...CLASS OF 63 FORGOT.. WALTER ROSENSKI..GREAT DRAWING ARTIST...BILLY M.. REMEMBER WE STARTED IN 1957 IN KINDERGARTEN, MISS GREEN.MISS BOLS 1ST MISS PAZOLLO 2ND MISS HEFFERMAN 3RD MISS MADDEN 4TH MISS MAC AFELLA 5TH MISS LOCKREEN..WHEN YOU ENTERED 6TH GRADE ..WE WERE SPECIAL, THE SENIORS OF THE SCHOOL, PLAYED BOMBARDERMENT IN THE... BACK YARD EVERYDAY AT LUNCH. AND A WEEKS SUPPLY OF MILK COST .12 TO .15 CENTS. NOW AS WE ARE OLD... A SMILE, THOUGHT, OUR YOUTH...REALTY I TREASURE.GOD BLESS ALL WHOM I HAVE KNOWN..MAYBE SOMEDAY WE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DO IT ONCE MORE.

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    2. Wow! I too remember this wonderful school.
      I lived on Woodside Ave and could view the school from our 2nd floor apt.
      I had Miss Heffernan for second grade.
      Miss Pazzola for third I believe.
      Miss Macavella ( my favorite teacher of all time ) in the 4th grade
      Miss Madden in the 5th
      And Miss Shaugnessy in the 6th.
      And Miss Lockren I think was the 5th grade also and taught us our XMas carrols on the stairways facing each other.
      I remember some names listed here such as Charlie Ambrose, the rat-hand I experienced ONCE by Shaugnessy and boy O boy did she have a good right hand with that whip!
      Great fun playing dodge ball in the back of the school and one of my best friends was Tommy Salami whom both he and I were "Milk Monitors" at lunch time.
      Great days there.

      Dan Skapinsky

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    3. Wow! I too remember this wonderful school.
      I lived on Woodside Ave and could view the school from our 2nd floor apt.
      I had Miss Heffernan for second grade.
      Miss Pazzola for third I believe.
      Miss Macavella ( my favorite teacher of all time ) in the 4th grade
      Miss Madden in the 5th
      And Miss Shaugnessy in the 6th.
      And Miss Lockren I think was the 5th grade also and taught us our XMas carrols on the stairways facing each other.
      I remember some names listed here such as Charlie Ambrose, the rat-hand I experienced ONCE by Shaugnessy and boy O boy did she have a good right hand with that whip!
      Great fun playing dodge ball in the back of the school and one of my best friends was Tommy Salami whom both he and I were "Milk Monitors" at lunch time.
      Great days there.

      Dan Skapinsky

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  12. A few other names of classmates I remember: Paul Cotter, Joey Trudel, Horace Ryder, Diane Piantadosi, Anntonett Fonseca, Jane Manson

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    1. in the above reference...paul cotter was in later years.. my best friend ...lived on garland st. great baseball player.. and he could hit the long ball. once, beat me in a bike race for a dime.... I believe he was the class in 1961...where race, religion, believes did not matter.. we all sang Christmas songs. now that were are old, we smile and think those magic moments..... slowly start fading away in time

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  13. I'm class of 89-93. I remember Mr Landers 2nd grade, Mr Dolan 3rd, Ms Divine and her young TA 4th, Mrs Clayman 5th then another teacher took over. I forgot her name but she was blonde and was very nice. Yes Mr Dolan class had the most fun, we did a play about Hollywood with Shirley Temple and Betty Boop. Principal was Mr McLaughlin. I wish I can meet some of my friends. Sophal Kan

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  14. I too remember fondly my years (late 60's) at the Fuller. Anyone else remember the custodian, I think Mr. Crabtree, letting us shovel coal into the furnace?

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  15. does anyone remember clarence mckay 1961-1962 4th grade miss macaviller class.

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    1. YES I REMEMBER CLARENCE MCKAY...IN THOSE DAYS HE WAS THE TOUGH BOY YOU STAYED AWAY FROM...ALWAYS READY FOR A FIGHT... IF FACT ONE DAY WAITED AFTER SCHOOL...FOR A FIGHT ...I WENT HOME THE OPPOSITE WAY... TO AVOID IT...ITS OVER 55 YEARS AGO ..NEVER FORGOTTEN THAT DAY.. I PRAY THAT HE HAD A GOOD LIFE..FOR I KNOW THAT WE ALL HAVE CHANGED FOR THE GOOD ....... FATHER TIME MADE SURE.

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  16. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER BILLY MALOVICH CLASS OF 1963...JOHNNY FONSECA.....KEVIN MCGOVERN.... PETER PAYLOR...CHARLIE AMBROSE...LINDA POWERS...OLGA POPKINS...PHIL CONSTANTINO......JOHN G......DANNY MAYERS...WALTER RO. IS ANYONE STILL ALIVE OR ANYONE KNOWS WHAT HAS BECOME OF US ..ALL....MAYBE THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS.. NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE PAST.OR TREASURES TIME AS A SPECIAL MOMENT YOU CAN REFLECT AND SMILE.AS THIS WAS ONCE....... UPON A LOVELY TIME IN LIFE.

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  17. 1986-1991 where my years had Mrs. Revliotti first grade, Ms. Conners 2nd, and my favorite Ms. Taylor 3rd, Mr.devine 4rth, and mean Ms.Clayface I mean Clayman lol.... forever yelling 5th. Did phantom of the opera with Mr. Dolan , I was the costume designer for the play....miss the fun fairs...old class mates, Jason Cross, Tanya cross, Coreen Weinstein, Marilyn Escobar, Fred Gerald, Madelyn Ruiz, Sonia Oyola, Mario Chapiro, William Hernandez,
    jaquelin Gonzalez just to name a few..........

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    1. Hi Madelee. Latin? You went to the Irving after? I do remember a girl coming into Mr. Dolan class to help with costume for the Hollywood play. Might of been you. Lots of good memories in that school with fun field trips everywhere. Logo competition at Madison High came in 2nd place. Can't remember anyone last name but there was Pierre, Ronald, Lemuel, Teeda, 3 Jennifer's, Alex, Andrew, Jessica, and Isaiah. I'm Sophal aka Paul

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  18. Hey Paul cant quite remember who u are but name does ring a bell...yes I'm Puerto Rican and yes I dod help Mr. Dolan with costumes for Phantom of the opera play, yes I dod go to Irving as well as Mary E Curely....always wondered if he is alive still and well.

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