Guardino Elementary School, Classroom Addition

Clayton, New York

  • FIRM

    Ashley McGraw Architects


    Thousand Islands Central School District

  • AREA

    17,850 sq.ft.





Guardino Elementary School is one of two elementary schools in the Thousand Islands Central School District. Increased student enrollment prompted construction of the addition. The program consists of classrooms ranging from pre-kindergarten to third grade.

Since its construction in 1939, the school has become a local landmark. Sitting atop one of the few hills ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$179.50FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio Clayton, it is visible from many parts of town. The building, then known as Clayton Central School, was built as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. A later addition was completed in the 1950s, and renovations were made during the energy crisis of the 1970s.

Through analysis of the existing building, the architect concluded that the Neo-Classical entry should be the model for the new addition. Elements such as the proportion of window openings, brick frieze detailing, the use of limestone sills, brick patterns and color were incorporated into the design. The translation of these elements results in a modern interpretation of a classical building.

Careful consideration throughout the design process led to a harmonious ensemble of past and present.