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Medford (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
hool building was for a little time thus used. In 1852 the West Medford Lyceum and Library Association was incorporated, and continued operative until 1871, and may have had its earlier meetings in the school hall, or until the building known as Mystic hall was erected in 1852. This was done by Mr. T. P. Smith, who was alluded to by Mr. Caldwell in his minority report. Mr. Smith had purchased the almshouse just vacated by the town, thus adding the old town farm to his extensive domain, which stretched away to the river and on which was the large house in which he lived. (See Register, Vol. XI, No. 3, frontispiece, for this and Mystic hall.) Upon the completion of this structure it became the social center for such public gatherings as the West End had, with those of the Lyceum Association, and there was the latter's library, until placed in the care of the Village Improvement Society in about 1880. Later this building was the home of the famous Mystic Hall Seminary, which wa
T. P. Smith (search for this): chapter 10
e in the matter. Then, after more turmoil, when one would have supposed there was a foreign invasion by the noise, and Mr. Smith said he would follow the Committee from the foundation to the pinnacle, the schoolhouse was at last located on land of ier meetings in the school hall, or until the building known as Mystic hall was erected in 1852. This was done by Mr. T. P. Smith, who was alluded to by Mr. Caldwell in his minority report. Mr. Smith had purchased the almshouse just vacated by tMr. Smith had purchased the almshouse just vacated by the town, thus adding the old town farm to his extensive domain, which stretched away to the river and on which was the large house in which he lived. (See Register, Vol. XI, No. 3, frontispiece, for this and Mystic hall.) Upon the completion of1880. Later this building was the home of the famous Mystic Hall Seminary, which was opened subsequent to the death of Mr. Smith by his widow, and which took its name from that of the hall. During the sixty-three years that have elapsed it has b
Lucy Ann Brooks (search for this): chapter 10
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 ehe 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, andced the striking architecture of this building (the more noticeable because of the few adjacent houses), and very naturally thought it was the village church. Mr. Brooks gives the names of the building committee and adds, they spared no pains in procuring a skillful draughtsman. We wish he had given his name, as careful search
e senior clergyman of the town, Dr. Ballou, made the prayer. Mr. Brooks mentions on each occasion original poems recited by pupils. Probably modesty forbade naming their author. The effort to locate on land of higher price may have savored of selfish speculation, but at this date we fail to find warrant for the iniquity and sin referred to. Possibly the plans finally adopted contributed to the dissatisfaction of the minority, and the final location broke the strained relation. The old English architecture of the edifice could not fail of attracting attention, and the more because of its elevated position. After eighteen years of use, the town decided on a larger structure and secured the present admirable location on High street. In 1869 this second house and land was sold for $I,200 to Edward Kakas, who had it converted into a dwelling-house. The cupola and the four corner turrets were removed and the exterior refinished. The entrance porch forms a bay-window, and the roof
d so at last the house was begun. Historian Brooks tells of the corner-stone laying on the sixth of August. Let us trust that the prayer of the good Baptist clergyman helped still the warring factions. Fortunately the swath the tornado cut two weeks later was a little southward, and the new schoolhouse escaped the fate of the old. On Forefathers' Day, very cold, and a heavy snowstorm under way at its close, the dedication exercises were held. This time the senior clergyman of the town, Dr. Ballou, made the prayer. Mr. Brooks mentions on each occasion original poems recited by pupils. Probably modesty forbade naming their author. The effort to locate on land of higher price may have savored of selfish speculation, but at this date we fail to find warrant for the iniquity and sin referred to. Possibly the plans finally adopted contributed to the dissatisfaction of the minority, and the final location broke the strained relation. The old English architecture of the edifice could
Samuel Teele (search for this): chapter 10
r. Usher was in the minority, but by his powerful eloquence in the district meeting this conclusion was arrived at. Then, that there be no want of excitement the school committee stept aside from their proper Calling in order to give their advice in the matter. Then, after more turmoil, when one would have supposed there was a foreign invasion by the noise, and Mr. Smith said he would follow the Committee from the foundation to the pinnacle, the schoolhouse was at last located on land of Samuel Teele at the corner of Brooks and Irving streets. Mr. Caldwell says dimensions were agreed upon and he was asked to, and did, draw plans (a front and side elevation) with which no fault was found, the committee meeting soon after to stake out foundation, and fronting it southwest. Mr. Usher was to proceed with the foundation, as he said he had raised money by subscription for that expense. It appears from Mr. Caldwell's writing that Hon. Edward Brooks had become interested in the proposed
George F. Spaulding (search for this): chapter 10
they were hoisted out by the men on the surface the water was up to their necks. The writer had not heard of the Brooks schoolhouse then, but very likely this is the place. Reference has been made to the excess of expense above the town's appropriation. In the immediately preceding years several new houses had been erected in the West End, notably those of Revs. John Pierpont and David Greene Haskins, the two Hastings, and two by D. N. Skillings. Beside these were the Wood, Breed and Spaulding residences beyond the railway. These were all large, well-built houses, which shame some of more modern construction. Too large for present-day use by one family, they do not lend themselves well to the recent craze for two-flat houses. These and the less pretentious ones of that period can readily be identified by careful observers. With these came the call for increased school accommodation and for a meeting-place or social center. So for this latter was the subscription list and fu
D. N. Skillings (search for this): chapter 10
. His helper shouted, The tub! the tub! and before they were hoisted out by the men on the surface the water was up to their necks. The writer had not heard of the Brooks schoolhouse then, but very likely this is the place. Reference has been made to the excess of expense above the town's appropriation. In the immediately preceding years several new houses had been erected in the West End, notably those of Revs. John Pierpont and David Greene Haskins, the two Hastings, and two by D. N. Skillings. Beside these were the Wood, Breed and Spaulding residences beyond the railway. These were all large, well-built houses, which shame some of more modern construction. Too large for present-day use by one family, they do not lend themselves well to the recent craze for two-flat houses. These and the less pretentious ones of that period can readily be identified by careful observers. With these came the call for increased school accommodation and for a meeting-place or social center.
Erving Conant (search for this): chapter 10
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
Edward Kakas (search for this): chapter 10
tention, and the more because of its elevated position. After eighteen years of use, the town decided on a larger structure and secured the present admirable location on High street. In 1869 this second house and land was sold for $I,200 to Edward Kakas, who had it converted into a dwelling-house. The cupola and the four corner turrets were removed and the exterior refinished. The entrance porch forms a bay-window, and the roof is slightly elevated at the eaves. The vertical siding was cov This building is now the residence of George H. Remele. For some years its arched cupola found a resting-place on the ledge next Hastings lane. Till very recently one (or two) of the tall turrets have stood on the hill slope in the rear of Mrs. Kakas' residence, and within a few months the writer has seen and examined the remains of one. They were octagonal, two feet in diameter, were of open construction, and each corner was of pine timber four by six inches in size. Their pagoda roofs
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