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George Rogers Clark Elementary School

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1930–1931, David Fitz-Gibbon. Later alterations and additions. 1000 Belmont Ave.

Of the several elementary schools constructed in Charlottesville between the world wars, Clark, named for the Albemarle County native, Revolutionary War general, and conqueror of the Northwest Territory, is the most interesting. The architect made an interesting concession to incipient modernism. The plan and form are standard for the period, two stories plus basement, double-loaded corridors, and staircases at either end; but the red brick elevations with steel sash windows appear almost factorylike. The entrance portico is the only embellishment, a flat roof with giant columns derived from the Temple of the Winds.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "George Rogers Clark Elementary School", [Charlottesville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 166-167.

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