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Monday, August 2, 2010

Woodward Community School....A visual memory of a building..........


Woodward Community School 
1907-1991
Woodward, Iowa

This is a print of a drawing that I created a few years back.  When the building had been torn down I was saddened to see such a building with architectural detail being removed from history.  It had some structural problems but in this country so few of these buildings are still standing. 

The architects of the time were all trained with classical ideas and even in the small town of Woodward,  a building would be created with prestigious design. The cupola itself duplicates many that can be seen in Italy and France.  This cupola didn't last many years as the high winds that cross the prairie in Iowa are strong and it was lifted and strewn on the ground in 1922. The mouldings and Roman arches are so classical in design and one can see those similarly designed throughout Europe.

The bottom basement like casing around the building mimics the buildings in Venice as well as many structures in European countries.  The pediment over the door comes from the design used on the Parthenon in Greece.


The corner decorations are still used to day, copying Palladio's architecture of the past.  We have an entire mall that has been today required to have Palladio's influence in it's design.

When the building was first built it was an elementary through high school building.  Initially the basement was not finished and the kids would go down there and play recess on a dirt floor.  By the time I started teaching in the building in 1976 the bottom floor was finished and turned into shower rooms, restrooms, boiler room, the main office and the bottom right back corner was a small classroom.  I taught it that room for four years.


I have been selling these prints for a number of years and in fact put them away for a while awaiting a new audience.  Some students remark that the building gave them bad memories and others would remember the pranks they could pull because of the central stairway.

I am glad that I have created a drawing of this building as it deserves to be remembered in all it's glory.  Sadly we tear things down in this country with only a life span of 84 years.

If any person is interested in purchasing a print of this building they may send me an email.  The black and white print is 12" by 16" and costs $25.  That will cover the cost for shipping and Iowa sales tax in the price.  The color print is a hand tinting of the black and white version and each has it's own special treatments to make it unique.  The cost for the tinted print is $40 which includes shipping and tax.

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2 comments:

Bachelor said...

Larry,
I agree; it is sad that buildings of that period are few in number as consolidations occurred throughout the 1960s-70s. I was raised in a small Indiana town that had a similar structure for its school building. It was demolished around 1994. They sold the bricks for donations to the local fire department I think. I got one but for the life of me, I don't know where it got to. I've moved a few times since then. A great post, Larry; thanks for sharing. And also again, your creative talents are at work!
:) The Bach

neetzy said...

What a wonderful building. Thankfully my district retained their old building for their administrative offices. Many other school districts around here (York County, PA) have done the same. What a shame to destroy these grand old buildings! I used to take my Photography students on a walking field trip to our admin building to take architectural shots! My favorite day of the semester.