The original Alfred Almond School was a Gothic structure with a handsome stone ornamentation and a series of gables and projections. In the 1960s, a two-story addition of classrooms with strip windows was built in typical factory style.
One of the design objectives was to extend the Gothic portion of the school so the 1960s wing would be hidden from the street and ASSOCIATED FIRMFanning/Howey AssociatesCAPACITY324COST PER SQ FT$143.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio new addition would appear to be, if not identical, closely related to the original school. This was accomplished so someone approaching the school is not aware of the factory-like addition.
The original architectural details in limestone were reproduced in finely crafted pre-cast concrete. The new brick closely matched the addition, and the pitched portions of the gym was roofed with a ceramic product that resembled the original slate roof. The new public entrance is similar but subordinate in character to the main entrance and gives access to a skylighted hall. To the right is the gymnasium, to the left is the re-modeled auditorium. Provision for future installation of a full technology system was incorporated into the design.
Photographer: ©David Emery