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Port Arthur Independent School District Performing Arts Building (Woodrow Wilson Junior High School)

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Woodrow Wilson Junior High School
1939, Mark Lemmon. 1500 Lakeshore Dr.

Lemmon, who specialized in the design of public schools and big churches, took advantage of the location of the former high school, on axis with Stilwell Boulevard and backing up to the ship channel, to transform it into a civic tour de force. He designed a new central pavilion, three stories tall, focused on a five-bay, cast-stone frontispiece, and capped by a staged cupola that resolutely marks one end of the cross axis and gives the school a surprising degree of visual prominence from Gillham Circle. The complex was restructured between 2008 and 2011 to become the School of the Arts. Smith and Company of Houston was the architect.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Port Arthur Independent School District Performing Arts Building (Woodrow Wilson Junior High School)", [Port Arthur, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 384-384.

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