Thacher School was last on the chopping block in 1993. The District wanted to tear it down to create a soccer field. It was spared then and actually reopened as a functioning facility. At that time our Save Thacher Committee was allowed inside to take pictures. I've included the external shots I took at the time too. We should mothball the southern portion until such time as a use can be determined.
I think it would make an excellent Community Center for the Northeast.
This was back in the film days. I used a Nikon F4 with T-Max 400 film and developed it normally.
Incidentally my Father, Aunt and Uncle went through all the grades here.
I think the different heights of the coat hooks are cute.......
The only part of Thacher that is structurally questionable is the northern wing (1914) that burned... I'm not even convinced that it is dangerous. Please note that the boarding up of the building occurred AFTER the fire. Also note that a chain with a lock on a door isn't going to keep anyone out these days. Incomplete securing of the structure has led to the fire and vandalism which the District now claims is the reason for the needed demolition. It's a little like cutting your own hand off and then
applying for disability.
Tomorrow I'll post some interior pictures taken in 1993; the last time the District wanted to demolish it.
This portion, the south, was constructed in 1897 and opened in 1898.
Almost finished the boarding up job. Maybe they ran out of wood.
Too bad negligent treatment of a cultural asset isn't a crime..... it is elsewhere... see Europe.