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Nottawa Stone School (District No. 3 Nottawa Township School)

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District No. 3 Nottawa Township School
1870, John W. Schermerhorn, builder; 1880s addition. MI 86 at Filmore Rd., 5 miles east of Centreville

In 1870, the County Superintendent of Public Instruction recorded that this district, which was “considerably below the average wealth of rural districts,” erected this one-story fieldstone school with a belfry to replace a wood-frame building. Probably designed by Schermerhorn, a farmer who was the director of the district and the school's builder, it has round-arched windows topped by incipient hood moldings and a central double-door entrance with a fanlight. The noble character of the little school derives from the skillful manner in which the fieldstones are laid in the exterior walls. The stones are regularly coursed in the foundation, randomly coursed in the walls, and laid in even courses in the gable. Poorly conceived tuck pointing has somewhat reduced the exquisite quality of the masonry. At its completion, the school seemed to the same superintendent to be “in architectural appearance seldom equaled in the most wealthy rural districts, and in solid convenience and finish . . . a model.”

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Nottawa Stone School (District No. 3 Nottawa Township School)", [Centreville, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 222-222.

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