This one-story school building employs colored concrete in a tapestry effect. The 4-inch-high concrete blocks were mixed in three colors of red and drab and laid randomly. Beige concrete serves as an accent, comprising the splayed lintels, sills, and jambs of the windows, as well as the covering of a porch across the front. The windows are set very low to the ground, as the school was originally designed for handicapped children. A large addition in the rear is built of concrete blocks of the same colors but in an 8-inch height, so that the polychromy is more emphasized. The colorful and bricklike qualities of the concrete illustrate its flexibility as a finish material.
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