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Blackstone Square Elementary School

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1976, Stull Associates. 380 Shawmut Ave.
  • Blackstone Square Elementary School (Keith Morgan)

This inner-city school conveys a factory aesthetic by means of industrial materials, brick-colored concrete block, and metal siding. Modernity is reinforced by long horizontal rows of glass windows built for strength and durability. The whole is set back from the street by masonry walls perforated by prominent geometric forms, a large circle and rectangle. The dense program is reflected in the school's segmented massing—the media center, science center, cafeteria, auditorium, music and seminar rooms, and gymnasium. Further, provision for community facilities assures constant usage.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Blackstone Square Elementary School", [Boston, 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, 137-138.

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