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Cranch School Condominiums (Cranch School)
Designed by Quincy architect Albert H. Wright and named for the eighteenth-century owner of the land, Cranch School was part of the nationally known and much emulated Quincy Public School system, developed by Francis D. Parker, superintendent of Quincy Public Schools from 1875 to 1880. Based on contemporary German education methods, Parker's system emphasized learning as an enjoyable experience in acquiring practical and useful skills. On this handsome Renaissance Revival school one notes “Quincy elements” such as juxtaposition of brick with ashlared granite from the 1872 Adams Academy (QU10), eyebrow windows from the 1882 Thomas Crane Memorial Library (QU6), and the symmetry of most of the city's Greek Revival buildings. The transformation to a multiresidence building was effected with minimum intrusions.
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