St. Marys Elementary School

St. Marys, Georgia

St. Marys Elementary School’s ideal location within the heart of its picturesque coastal locale seems more suited to the backdrop of a Norman Rockwell illustration than an education facility.

Integrating a 100,400-square-foot building into the downtown Historic District of this tucked-away tourist haven proved challenging. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$141.26FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio result was inspired. Hues of buff-colored brick, white columns and double porches emerge as one winds the bend onto the city’s main waterfront promenade. And yet, these views are not of a grand southern manor, but of an elementary school modeled on archetypal low-country design.

This traditionally southern two-story building was constructed on the site of an existing school. Upon completion of the new school, the obsolete building was demolished. In its place, a community walking path and town park were created around the periphery and nestled amongst many of the beautiful old trees that were preserved.

Interior design highlights include the second-floor media center’s floor-to-ceiling windows with porch access overlooking a brick courtyard, and the cafeteria’s two-story arched glass windows, enclosed arcade and courtyard entry.