I work as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System (CMS) at one of the oldest schools that is still using their original building (built in 1927, opened in the fall of 1928). While the City of Charlotte still has a tendency to get rid of buildings that are deemed “old”, CMS has tried to use their older buildings as much as possible.
Now while some of the older schools like North School, which was located on North College Street, Alexander Street and Myers Street Schools are long gone, there are still some school buildings still in use that pre-date the Great Depression. Several were designed by the late Louis Asbury, who was one of the first professional architects licensed in the State of North Carolina. Two examples are the old Parks-Hutchinson School which was built in 1926 on North Graham Street (formerly known as Hutchinson Avenue), which is now the Performance Learning Center:
Parks-Hutchinson School now the Performance Learning Center. Image courtesy of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission via Google Images.
A year earlier, he also designed Morgan School in the Cherry neighborhood, which is not being used by CMS, but is now a Charter School:
The former Morgan School now Community Charter School. Image from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission via Google Images.
Of course I cannot forget to show off the school that I work at, Myers Park Traditional:
Original Entrance to the school. Image from myschoolrocks.com via Google Images
There is a high school building that pre-date the Great Depression that is still being used. Central High School located in the Elizabeth neighborhood was built around 1923 and is now owned by Central Piedmont Community College and is used for classrooms as well as other college services. Here is a picture dating back to the early 1950’s, when it also housed Charlotte College, which later became UNC-Charlotte:
Central High School, early 1950’s. Image courtesy of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission via Google Images.
There is also Middle School pre-dating the Depression still in use. Piedmont Middle School (at the time it was built it was called Piedmont Junior High) was built in 1925. There have been additions made over the years as the student population has grown, but the basic bones of the building are still there:
Piedmont Middle School. Image courtesy of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission via Google Images.
I will be exploring more old schools in future blog entries. Please explore with me and if you know of a school that has kept their original building or hasn’t altered it too much, please let me know.