The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 16, 2001

Mosquito Mail

Last call for Boxtops for Education

To the Editor:

I hope you've been baking and eating a lot of cereal! We are on the down stretch. Please send in all boxtops to the school office or to Daisy's by Friday, March 23. We will do our frantic cut-and-count party and get back to you with our total this year. Remember, anyone submitting boxtops for the participation drawing should label the envelope of 25 boxtops with your first and last name, grade and teacher's name. Thanks for your collecting. Get your boxtops in to us and we'll do the rest.

If you have any questions, call me at 287-4284.

Kathy Hassey
Fifty Acre Way

CC-POPS thanks Daisy's Market

To the Editor:

Many thanks to Daisy's Market for being Carlisle "ticketmaster" in recent weeks for "Oklahoma" at CCHS. Their community spirit in support of our students is a real treasure, and we are most grateful!

Melissa Weiksnar
on behalf of CC-POPS
Concord-Carlisle Patrons of Performing Arts

History of Highland's appearance

To the Editor:

I am delighted to see interest being taken in continuing the restoration of the exterior appearance of the Highland building. I have done some research and found what it originally looked like and how brown shingles came to cover it up.

First of all I'd like to improve the impression given by the 1992 photo published last week, that was from the newspaper's archives. Repairs were made and the trim scraped and painted by the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts when the building was turned into artists' studios in 1994.

Highland was constructed in 1908 with large windows and an advanced, high volume, circulation system to relieve the five dark crowded classrooms with low ceilings in the "Long Block" later known as the Wheat Tavern, now #14 Westford Street. Highland was a handsome wheat-colored building of narrow clapboards with four distinctive stairway windows. The triangular pediment was also wheat color with the fine carving of ribbon and wheat painted white to match the trim. The narrow clapboards suffered disrepair from the Great Hurricane of 1938 after which shingles were expediently attached and stained brown as was the current fashion. The thick shingles obscure the elegant trim around the four main windows and the four white piers (flattened columns) on the facade. The shelters for the side doorways were attached years later.

In the nineteenth century, attention was paid to the facade of buildings. A wealthy resident who could afford milled lumber would face his brick house with cleanly cut clapboards while keeping serviceable brick on the other three sides. Similarly, Highland has a remarkably elegant facade with plain, functionally superb windows and rectangular ventilation vents on the sides, and a very plain fourth side.

Around the south corner, just beside the sheltered doorway, you can lift up a shingle and see the original pale wheat color clapboards. Since the shingles probably add some insulation value to the building, and aside from their lacking paint or stain for lo these sixty-two years, the best bet in terms of expense may be to solid-color-stain the shingles the original pale wheat color (treating the pediment as the original paintwork was done). That won't restore the architectural projection of the windows but it will mimic the building's original appearance adequately. Intellectually, it would be grand to remove both layers of siding and redo it with new technology insulation but balancing the area of windows against the expense I suspect the overall gain would be minimal. While the school was being painted last summer I obtained a quite reasonable ball-park quote from the painters and am willing to get a current bid.

Thanks to Jero Nesson, nationally known administrator of building re-use projects, the Highland is in better condition now than when it began rehabilitation for artists' use. With rebuilt landings, scraped and repainted ceilings and walls, new temperature controls, pumps, storm windows, fire panel, and outer door closers, among the many projects completed, Highland hums quietly with creative activity. We call it the Highland Umbrella.

Phyllis W. Hughes
Acton Street

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito