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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The development of the public School of Medford. (search)
ollars to be paid by the Town. To show how much progress, or perhaps lack of progress, had been made in school-house architecture since our first building in 1732, a part of the contract for this building given to Benjamin Pratt, mason, and Thomas Pratt, carpenter, is here quoted: The said House is to be built of well burnt bricks—in length 28 ft, in breadth 23 ft, in height 10 ft from the stone foundation which is to be one foot at least in the ground below the surface and one foot above theschool apartment. The entry is to be plastered on the brick wall, and lathed and plastered above. The apartment for the school to be laid out 21 1/2 ft sq and seats and desks and benches to be laid out and erected according to a plan made by Thos. Pratt, Carpenter. The walls inside are to be boarded up to the lower part of the Window Frames, and above are to be plastered on the Brick work up to the plate from whence the ceiling is to be arched and lathed and plastered and white washed. A