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early schooling – the fate of older buildings

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Since our first drive to the Grand Lake area to find old schools in the landscape, we have kept an eye out for others. I am realising these buildings have met one of three fates:

  • demolition – lost forever to the landscape
  • deterioration – left to decay and eventual collapse
  • re-purposing – restoration and maintenance for use as camps, sheds or community use

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For example, the Bunker Hill School in Rusagonis, New Brunswick has been well maintained and is used as a meeting place in the community. The old school has been recently painted and has a wheel-chair ramp.

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Bunker Hill School Rusagonis Station

Bunker Hill School, Rusagonis Station, Sunbury County, New Brunswick

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The conservation of older buildings in the landscape is problematic. They have historical value, create community character, and serve as a reminder of the past. On the other hand, for derelict buildings without purpose, liability soon exceeds value. We are at a time in our history when the buildings associated with growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are succumbing to the vagaries of time. Older designs, although often sturdy, are not energy-efficient and don’t always fit our modern ideas of efficiency and convenience, or our 21st century need for parking areas, central heating, and convenient washrooms. As a result many older buildings, including churches, schools, halls and stores are lost from the landscape.

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Mill Road School, Gagetown 2

old school at Mill Road, near Gagetown, Queens County, New Brunswick (Verified as Lawfield School, Gagetown #1)

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Do you have older school buildings in your community and what has been/will be their fate?

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Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

May 6, 2016 at 7:00 am

ceiling of stars

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gaps in the roof, Smyth Covered Bridge, April, 2015

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ceiling of stars

(Smyth Covered Bridge – South Oromocto River #2)

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left to the years

to frost heaves, wind

and winter storms

the roof-skin peels

away

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crisscross layers

gaps between boards

shape tiny squares

and sunlight spills

between

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afternoon stars

constellations

and raindrops ooze

saucepans to catch

the drips

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deafening, would

scare swallows, field

mice, snowshoe hares

and spiders, all

away

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Copyright 2015 Jane Tims 

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Smyth Covered Bridge, Mill Settlement, New Brunswick

 

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Written by jane tims

April 22, 2015 at 7:32 am

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