Modernization Update for Historic Park View School

Upon entering the building on Otis Place, this is the view on the first floor looking south toward the main entrance.

I had an opportunity to look at how the renovations were going at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School yesterday. By and large I am impressed and think that the community really lucked out by having Turner Construction work on the building. It was very clear in talking to the Turner representative that a lot of respect and TLC was being given to the historic structure.

But before I talk about that, I’m happy to report that everything appears to be going ahead as planned. Renovations are in an advanced state and all should be ready for school to start on schedule this fall. After all, that is the paramount goal. The heating and cooling systems are getting their planned upgrades and the classrooms will definitely be state of the art.

Regarding the historical aspect of the building, the chief concern is the school’s auditorium. But as that is not included in this phase of the modernization I wasn’t expecting to see anything out of the ordinary. But the level of care Turner has taken to preserve the original woodwork that was in 1916 building’s classrooms is clearly above and beyond. They have also preserved the display cabinets that are located in several key locations around the building.

But, the most impressive restoration effort is in the 1931 south wing’s first grade classroom that was originally designed as a “Literature Class Room.” Of all the rooms in the school, that was the only one that had solid oak wainscoting … and even though it was not within the scope of the project to save it, Turner has decided to both save and restore it. Below is a photo giving a small indication of what that room will look like when it’s finished.

The school’s original Literature Class Room has oak wainscoting that is being restored.

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3 Comments on “Modernization Update for Historic Park View School”

  1. Cathleen Says:

    An inenlligett point of view, well expressed! Thanks!


  2. Just cause it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s not super helpful.

  3. predisone Says:

    When you think about it, that’s got to be the right answer.


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