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Marbrook Elementary School

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1965–1966, Dollar, Bonner, Blake and Manning. 2101 Centerville Rd., north of Kirkwood Hwy. (DE 2)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Marbrook Elementary School (W. Barksdale Maynard)

Six schools approved in the district in 1965 incorporated innovative educational concepts: clusters, pods, centrums, and carrels. Marbrook was the first completed. In a break from the rectilinear school designs of the 1950s, the facility consisted of three hexagonal, red brick and concrete wings (or pods), two containing classrooms and one an openair gymnasium. Wedge-shaped classrooms were clustered around a centrum, or communal teaching space, with study carrels lining its walls. Several schools in the state following this now-discredited educational model have lately been demolished.

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W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Marbrook Elementary School", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 78-78.

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