Slideshow About the Dedication of the 1939 Salem Central School Building to be Presented

Slideshow About the Dedication of the 1939 Salem Central School Building to be Presented
Posted on 08/01/2019
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On Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. a slide show presented by Al Cormier about the dedication of the 1939 Salem Central School Building and other Salem activities at during WW II will take place in the town archive room in the Salem Courthouse Community Center.

The slides, taken Salem by former historian E. Gordon Dillon, are the only known color and black and white slides of this era, showing the dedication ceremony of the central school corner stone, interior and exterior shots of the new building, the Salem Washington Academy marching band, a Memorial Day parade, and other events.

Carl Clark Architects of Cortland, New York was the architect of the building, a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. He considered the building his “Capital Ship,” a term applied to exceptional structures such as battleships of the period, and according to Clark, his “finest work.” Only the best materials were used in the construction. The brick work was of the best Flemish bond style, the roof of quality slate, the architecture of colonial style, and the interior finishes of parquet floors and solid oak doors, each door containing a stained glass window depicting the subject taught in the room. A state of the art gymnasium/auditorium, considered to be one of the best in the area at this time, was a main feature. The original building is 80 years old this year and is a testimony to the fine workmanship and aesthetic beauty reflected by the building.

In 1935, during the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration to help put people back to work as part of his “New Deal.” The Salem school building was one of “5,900 schools built” under the WPA and employed many area workmen.

The talk is free to the public.

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