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Clarkville School

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1913. Putnam Pk. (.8 mile west of the intersection of Routes 44 and 94)

Glocester has two extant one-room schoolhouses, both standing in open countryside, both now vacant, and this one rapidly deteriorating. Clarkville School, a very late version of the type, is located at the northwestern corner of the town, and the Greek Revival Evans School ( GL23) at its northeastern corner. Of the two this is the larger and more impersonal in character. One feels it as the replication of a prototype of the ideal one-room schoolhouse already rationalized and institutionalized. In fact, it pretty much copied a predecessor on the site, only enlarging its model a little. Guided by an approved standard, the carpenter seems secure in his laconic distribution of the openings in the front elevation: the pair of transomed doors with a window between and a louvered oculus in the gable above. The rows of classroom windows placed toward the rear of the side elevations indicate the space left for entrance vestibule and coatrooms in front. This was among the last one-room schoolhouses to close in Glocester after school consolidation in 1936; it reopened briefly during World War II because of gasoline shortages for busses, before closing for good in 1944.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Clarkville School", [Glocester, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-GL1.

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