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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Two Medford buildings of the Fifties. (search)
in the Brooks schoolhouse hang four pictures of the successive structures that have housed that school. Each is in marked contrast to the other, as might well be expected. It is of the second that we wish especially to treat just now. It is not known that any photograph was ever taken of the building itself. The picture mentioned is a photographic enlargement of the engraving illustrating Brooks' History of Medford, which was probably made from the architect's drawing, and was made by Erving Conant at the instance of some friend of the school. Of the earliest West End schoolhouse an account may be found in Vol. VIII, page 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. Th