Built in 1934 as the fourth high school for the town of Tewksbury, this Neo-Classical school building has seen better days. The Center School was designed by Miller and Beal architects of Portland, Maine, and likely funded with assistance of New Deal program funding during the Great Depression. The next year, Tewksbury Stadium was dedicated in 1938, which was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. The Tewksbury Center School retains many of the details that characterize its Neo-Classical Style including: the front gable entry portico supported by two-story Corinthian columns and pilasters, the wide frieze band with the band of dentil molding, the decoratively clad end bays framed by Corinthian pilasters, the broken pediment of the door surround, and keystones in the brick lintels. The town needed to expand at the end of the 20th century, and hired Architectural Resources Cambridge to design the John F. Ryan Elementary School, located behind this building. The Ryan Elemetary School is a pleasing design which is Post-Modern in style. The Center School has been used as offices for the School Department and was recently proposed to be demolished for surface parking, and a new school constructed elsewhere on the site. This seems very wasteful, and epitomizes the lack of regard for environmental or historical conservation in many cities and towns.
There is, or was, a similar school in Wells Maine, knowing that the architects were from Portland, Maine explains the Wells school. I attended fifth grade in this school. The class room was in the former Gym, which was on the 2nd floor (seems like an odd place to put the Gym).
The small window to the right, on the second floor in the photo was part of the small room used as our class library.
Yes, it is a shame that they demolish these old buildings.
The Wells Maine school is still there and looking great. Tewksbury’s Center School has not been demolished yet but will be in the next few months. The 50 plus employees that worked at this building are now moving out.
Sad to see!!
Cape Elizabeth Middle School (formerly Cape Elizabeth High School) was based on the exact same Miller & Beal design plans as Wells High School and Tewksbury Center School.
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Ah yes, I heard that too. Google streetview confirms it. How cool!!