CHAPEL HILL GRADED SCHOOL (SECOND LOCATION)

CHAPEL HILL GRADED SCHOOL (SECOND LOCATION)

113
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Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1915
/ Modified in
1924
/ Demolished in
1964
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113
,
Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1915
/ Modified in
1924
/ Demolished in
1964
People: 
Construction type: 
Local Historic District: 
Type: 
Use: 
,

 

View south west, 1919

The Chapel Hill Graded School (for the use of all elementary and high-school aged students), later the Chapel Hill High School and then the Chapel Hill Junior High School, was built in late 1915-early/spring 1916 as a replacement for the original Chapel Hill Graded School. It was designed by the architectural firm of Hook & Rogers of Charlotte. The property it was built in was originally a section of the Cole-Hill House property (the house may have been moved slightly). It was paid for via a $35,000 school bond.

The auditorium was used for rehearsals and production of three plays by the first Carolina Playmakers production, including Thomas Wolfe's The Return of Buck Gavin, in 1919.

In 1922, another school bond (for $40,000) was approved for a building expansion and for a gymnasium to be built (the gymnasium building was built using steel from the Blaw-Know Company of Pittsburgh, PA), both by 1925.

Was Chapel Hill High until the new high school was built in 1936-1937; it then became the junior high.

Circa 1915 architectural drawing, by Hook & Rogers

1915 Sanborn map excerpt

1925 Sanborn map excerpt, showing gymnasium to south west of school

 

View south, 1924

View north (rear of building), 1925

View south, 1930s

School gymnasium (built circa 1925), 1954 (via CHHS Hill Life)

1962

 

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