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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Old School Geometry

There's a school in my neighborhood that is about to be torn down.  A crew is disassembling the place. It's been there since 1955 but now they say it needs fixing and that's too expensive.  The solution is to build new.  I know there are advantages to building new, better energy efficiency, state of the art classrooms and all that.   I'm hoping they put old-fashioned blackboards into the new school classrooms instead of those awful white boards and that they don't carpet the floors.   I am lamenting it's demise.  Artistry and craftsmanship is evident, apparent time and thought was put into styling this building.  New schools don't have that same vitality or soul. This post is a record of this place, dedicated to those who built it and inhabited the hallways over the years.

It's coming down so, of course, the kids got to decorate the walls and the floors.

Inset tile on the risers.

The geometry of straight lines and symmetry attracts and inspires me.
Prairie Reppweaves have geometric lines and symmetry --- like the tiled walls of the school.


Joanne said...

OH, how sad to see this building being torn down. Your photos are simply beautiful, and do credit to the building. Too bad it couldn't have been saved, it sure seems cheaper to renovate than to rebuild.
Your rep weavings are gorgeous.

annie said...

that tilework is so unpretentious, yet so lovely. it seems right and good to keep a record of things like this.

riverweave said...

Thanks Joanne. I agree, or at least take some parts of this building and put them into the new one. They do say they will recycle what they can - who knows what that means. Annie, I'd always noticed the floor, had to go around the corner to see the tiles and stairways.

Anonymous said...

I went to school here from Kindergarten thru 6th grade, I find it sad that they have chose to tear it down :( I was chased down that flight of stairs by my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Dornack (sp) rather tramatizing, but I still loved that school and the years I spent there :)

Anonymous said...

So many memories came rushing back as soon as I saw the stairway and tiles. Mr. Dornack... Mrs Manke... The girl with the locker next to me that I never had the courage to make eye contact with. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing,
I lived one block over from Franklin, and remember going with mom while she voted.
They let us kids vote on a Tom Thumb typewriter.
I voted for JFK.
Was a student k &1st grades.
Tommy K sticking his tongue on stop sign post.
Won't forget that.
Thanks Again

Anonymous said...

I went to Franklin. Preschool through 6th grade. A lot of great memories. The IMC was my favorite place. The whistle seats.

Anonymous said...

I know you've been weaving. Why not post a picture or two.? Pleeease!


riverweave said...

Well, OK anonymous! Just saw this and did a new post.
Thanks for the kick!