When renovating Edward Lee McClain High School, the architect knew the extreme care that the historic 1915 building would require. In a time of one-room schoolhouses, the three-story school’s luxuries far surpassed other schools, with approximately 200 pieces of artwork, rooftop gardens and an auditorium lit by amber Tiffany lamps. Its extravagant design made the school COST PER SQ FT$36.80FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers cornerstone of the community.
To restore community pride, the architect worked closely with the community, school board and Ohio School Facilities Commission to provide these early-20th-century buildings with the technology of the 21st century while maintaining their historic charm.
Renovating the grand barrel-vaulted media center was a great concern to the community. Therefore, the design replaced harsh fluorescent lighting with fixtures that resembled the original pendent fixtures, shining light on two wall-length murals created specifically for the high school. It also repaired wood furnishings and designed maintenance-free windows that match the original windows’ details, including divided windowpanes, molding and trim.
Because the community was involved in every aspect of the design, the result is a school in which the community has ownership and one that is harmonious with its historic architecture.