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[86] main charge of the erection and equipment of the school, and later was chosen its superintendent. To his constant, faithful, able service and unselfish devotion to the interests of the school and its pupils was due its great success.

The building is of Romanesque style of architecture, and stands upon a generous lot of land at the corner of Broadway and Irving Street. It consists of a main building 70 by 62 feet, with wings 60 feet square. A description of the work of the students will be given elsewhere in this volume by Mr. Morse, its superintendent.

The building and equipment cost about $100,000. The school, since its foundation, has been supported wholly by Mr. Rindge.


The city Hall.

The architects of the city hall were Messrs. Longfellow, Alden & Harlow. A suitable site was purchased by the city government, located on Main Street, and extending from Bigelow to Inman streets. Ground was broken February 1, 1889, and the corner-stone was laid, with appropriate ceremonies, on May 15, 1889, by Most Worshipful Henry Endicott, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts.

On December 9, 1890, the new city hall, finished and furnished, was formally transferred to the city, with exercises simple in character, in accordance with the wish of Mr. Rindge.

The building is of quarry-faced stone, and stands well back from the street, with terraces in front. It is 157 feet long, 92 feet deep on the sides, but has a recessed court 32 by 37 feet at the back. The front wall is broken by a beautiful tower 27 feet square, which rises 154 feet from its base. The building is remarkable for its fine proportions and massive dignity. Its cost was about $225,000. In front and over the handsome entrance is placed the inscription suggested by Mr. Rindge.

With characteristic modesty, the city's benefactor insisted, as a condition of his generous gifts, that no memorial to him should be placed in any of these buildings, nor should his name be connected with them. ‘What I am aiming to do,’ he said, ‘is to establish certain didactic public buildings.’ So upon each he wrote the lesson it was to teach. But his gifts will forever teach another lesson which his modesty would not mention, —the lesson of a noble life and fortune devoted to God and to his fellow-men.

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