Next door to the First Baptist Church, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School represents the impact of the Texas City Disaster of 1947. Rather than build the parish school of St. Mary's next to the church, near the port, it was constructed on the highway leading away from the waterfront. Our Lady of Fatima is a case study example of the “Harmon system” of passive natural lighting. This stacked a sill-level band of shaded vision glass below a high zone of translucent glass block to filter and diffuse sunlight in an optimal manner. It also produced the emphatic horizontal linearity that corresponded to modern notions of good design at the midpoint of the twentieth century.
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