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Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School

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1932–1933, J. Williams Beal Sons; 1959–1961, Valtz and Kimberley. 350 Lynn Fells Pkwy.

Originally constructed as a high school, the large brick and concrete middle school reflects the influence of the Moderne style in its caststone figures in bas-relief and the absence of a projecting cornice. Four stories high with the upper story stepped back from the plane of each facade, the building features a central stair hall pavilion extending above the roofline. The architects, Horatio and John W. Beal, also designed the Moderne-styled Granite Trust Building (QU4) in Quincy, completed in 1929.

The open field site provided room for several additions. In 1959 two buildings were added in the rear, connected by an enclosed second-floor walkway. With the construction of a new high school behind this complex in 1975, the 1933 building became the middle school.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School", [Melrose, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 397-397.

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