1915 Drawings of the Park View School Provide Clues to Original Details

One of the many projects I’m working on is a nomination for the Park View School to be considered for landmark status and to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. I’ll keep people posted on the progress of the effort as it progresses. In the mean time, I wanted to share some great drawings of the school from 1915.

These architectural elevations are from the original set of plans drawn by Municipal Architect Snowden Ashford in 1915. The drawing above is of the north elevation. It shows how the school would have originally looked from the current Park View Recreation Center before the 1931 additions were built. Some of the nice details that can be learned from the above drawing is the style of the solid wood doors and the use of copper downspouts and scuppers.

Below is a cross section of a portion of the Warder Street entrance. It cuts though the terrace showing the boiler room below. It also shows that the double windows to both sides of the entrance originally had leaded glass windows in a diamond pattern.

While the building has lost all trace of the original entry doors and leaded glass windows, my examination of the exterior did turn up one original feature that hasn’t completely vanished. One of the copper scuppers is still on the building. The photo below shows that — like the building — it also was designed in the gothic style.

The sole surviving copper scupper on the Park View School


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