In addition to its dominant and class presence in Aurora, former Wells Street School (Wells Street Schoolhouse Lofts
) is also an example of the neo-classical architecture.
Wells Street Public School, Neo-Classical Architecture
‘In its purest form it is a style principally derived from the architecture of Classical Greece and the architecture of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio.
‘ Source: Wiki
Sounds good to me, I always knew that there was something ‘Greek’ or ‘Italiain’ looking about the exteriors of the school. But then what’s inside the school, that is a different story.
Wells Street Public School, Auditorium
Couple more interior elements of historical value are the auditorium with stage and wood floor (above) and the glazed wood doors with tilting wood transoms (below).
Wells Street Public School, Doors
School was closed because of structural issues and the potential safety issues. As I toured the school inside it wasn’t hard to noticed that detailed structural assessment was performed on the school.
After the assessment it was determined that it would take millions of dollars to fix the school and too make it safe and operational again. Eventually school was closed.
Well Street Public School, Inspection
As of today the building is structurally sound, however, it would not be structurally sound if it continued to be educational institution with a everyday dynamic load of moving children and teachers
. Everything has a life and the life of the educational institution is now over.
The idea to convert the school into residential units or lofts is a structurally sound idea. Exterior walls will be reinforced and more internal walls will be added that will add more support points making the building much stronger and probably to last in our community another 200 years or more.
Note, above is a photo of the stripped wall where the structural issue originated. When the wall was taken down for inspection, a window and door that was brick filled was uncovered. It will be interesting to find out what else the school is hiding and what else will be uncovered once the re-construction will take place.
Are you curious like me?
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