The site for this school has been occupied with an educational building since 1871, when Marvin College was opened. The first Marvin Elementary School was built in 1905. The decision to rebuild rather than renovate was difficult. Weeks of tours and meetings convinced community members that portions of the 1905 building were being supported solely by the legs COST PER SQ FT$119.74FEATURED IN2003 Educational Interiors2003 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas termites.
Architects worked closely with members of Historic Waxahachie, an organization dedicated to preserving the town’s heritage, to create an architectural style that would blend with other local landmarks. In addition, the interior was scaled down to eliminate features that might intimidate small children, such as high ceilings and oversized rooms.
The square design of the school with four main corridors reduces the likelihood of a child getting lost. Each corridor was named as a street with a unique theme and color for each hallway. Murals are painted across hallway entrances and on the ceilings.
The school, which is on a 10-acre site, had a limited amount of space available for outside activities and a need to limit accessibility by strangers. The walled-in courtyards are accessible by a door in each classroom. Every two rooms share a courtyard surrounded by a brick wall lined with tall holly bushes.