Vernon Center Kindergarten

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Historic/Common Name:
County Home School
Address:
709 Hartford Turnpike
Town:
Vernon »
Year:
1927
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Vernon Historic Properties Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The County Home School, constructed in 1927, is a vernacular Colonial Revival school house, one-and-one-half stories tall with a small shed at the rear. The main entrance of the building faces Hartford Turnpike; its steep hip roof forms a pyramid with a short ridge parallel with the facade. The wood-framed structure rests on brick and concrete foundation. The floor plan of the building consists of a wide central corridor, flanked by the classrooms, with access to a secondary corridor serving the stairs at the rear. Office and toilet rooms serve the classroom on the northeast. The basement or the ground floor has a large assembly space as well as a boiler and storage rooms. The assembly space is divided by non-structural partition at its center, possibly a later addition. The attic story is open and unfinished. Many of the original interior features remain intact. Among these are original paneled doors, wainscot and chair rail, bulletin boards with original trim and picture moldings, chalk boards and trim, storage and coat closets, etc. In conclusion, the County Home School retains all of its original exterior features and much of its original interior trim making it a fine example of an early twentieth century school house. [2]

Significance of the property:

The County Home School is historically significant for the role it played in educational and social development in town and state in the first half of the twentieth century, a time when Vermont moved from a rural town with an industrial core in Rockville to a bedroom suburb in a larger metropolitan area. [2]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

Located at the intersection of Hartford Turnpike and Center Road in the village center, the property is surrounded by mixed uses (municipal, institutional and residential). The boundary of the historic property is described to begin at a Connecticut Highway Monument in the northerly line of Hartford Turnpike at the southwest corner of other land now or formerly of the Town of Vernon; thence northerly along land now or formerly of the Town of Vernon, 178.66 feet, to an iron pin; thence westerly along other land of said Town of Vernon, 190 feet to an iron pin in the easterly line of Center Road; Thence southerly along said easterly line of Center Road, 206.50 feet to an iron pin; thence along the curve at the intersection of Center Road and Hartford Turnpike, 555.86 feet to an iron pin; thence easterly along the northerly line of Hartford Turnpike, 168.02 feet to the place of beginning; containing nine tenths of an acre, more or less. [2]

Features:
Building
Historic Use:
School
Present Use:
Vacant
Architectural Style:
Colonial Revival
Era:
20th Century
Ownership:
Public
Owner:
Town of Vernon
Sources:

[1] Property information retrieved from the town of Fairfield website http://www.vernon-ct.gov/.
[2]County Home School Historic Property, Draft report of the Vernon Historic Properties Study Committee, 2006, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessor and GIS information retrieved from the website http://gis.vernon-ct.gov/newviewer/.
[SR]County Home School Study Committee, County Home School, State Historic Resource Inventory, 2006.

Map:

Map of the local historic property retrieved from the draft report of the Vernon Historic Properties Study Committee, 2006, SHPO Library, Hartford.

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Date of Compilation:
11/15/2011
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation