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Old Georgetown School

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1874–1875, W. A. Lewis. 809 Taos (northwest corner of 8th St.)

The finest and most conspicuous structure in Georgetown when built, this two-story, red brick ruin awaits restoration. The “state approved standard design” brass plaque on the front means this was an architect's design for a building type used throughout the state. This school is one of the few survivors of an early model with Italianate elements: wide, double-bracketed eaves, carved keystones on both round and flattened arches, and boxy symmetry. Pilasters mark the building corners and flank the central entry bay, which lies under a large gable dormer in the truncated hipped roof. The school closed in the mid-1930s after the WPA built a less distinguished replacement at 4th and Taos streets, which was Victorianized with clapboard and wood trim in the early 1990s.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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