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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Two Medford buildings of the Fifties. (search)
age 75, of the Register, and the accompanying half-tone is a reproduction of the penandink drawing which is one of the four above mentioned. The most casual glance at this will suffice to show a marked difference from its successor, while the appearance of the second will be striking as compared with the then prevailing style and appearance of schoolhouses. There was a reason for this. Historian Brooks devoted nearly a page to this house and its public exercises, and records that on March 10, 1851, the town voted to build it and appropriated $2,000 therefor, and says, The inhabitants of West Medford, desirous of having a schoolhouse more ample in its dimensions and more classic in its appearance than the town's appropriation would procure, cheerfully united in adding to it, by subscription, the sum of nine hundred dollars. For some years prior to the writer's advent in Medford he passed to and from Boston on the railway, and often noticed the striking architecture of this