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Friday, April 3, 2009

Highland Building architecture

The 101-year-old wood-framed Highland Building, one of the few historic public buildings in town, is a fine example of turn-of-the century architecture, in years past referred to as the “jewel on the hill.” Highland was originally sheathed in clapboards with exterior trim that features finely detailed scrollwork and interior woodwork typical of that architectural period. The multi-story building has a basement level, two floors of classroom space and an attic.

Highland radiators. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

The walk-out basement houses a boiler room, three “children’s playrooms” and two bathrooms. The front steps lead to the second story which has two large (28 feet x 24 feet) classrooms and a front hallway. Symmetrical side staircases lead from the front hall to the third floor which is laid out like the second floor, with an additional small room off the center of the hallway.

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