The Bedford Road Elementary School

Pleasantville, New York

Opening photo: ©Turner Photography

This new K-4 school is a traditional village school that replaced Pleasantville’s original Bedford Road School, built in 1909. The new building is nearly twice the size of the earlier school and follows a house plan, with separate areas for kindergarten, and grades 1 to 2 and 3 to 4. By situating the kindergarten house close to the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY650COST PER SQ FT$194.00CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio entrance, kindergarteners receive a “slow entry” into the public school environment. Every kindergarten room has its own toilet room and exit doors to exterior play areas and gardens. This floor plan eliminates the need for younger children to regularly cross paths with older children, even when traveling to shared spaces such as the cafeteria and gymnasium.

The new facility features a mini-theater and full-size gymnasium on the north end of the school that can be closed off and used by the community. The cafeteria has expansive windows and skylights that allow in natural light to create a bright and inviting common space. Connecting classrooms accommodate team-teaching and provide added security. Other major elements include music and art suites, and a large library with a stepped reading alcove and adjacent technology classroom.

Situated on a tight site in the center of a residential village, the school has design elements such as peaked roofs and arches that reflect the style of the neighboring houses and bring down the scale of the building. The red brick exterior is reminiscent of the original 1909 building.

"Well-conceived plan for a new school with a traditional appearance."--2005 jury