The Emery School is an historic former school building at 116 Hill Street in Biddeford, Maine. Built in 1912-13 to a design by Miller & Mayo of Portland, it is historically significant for its role the city's education, and architecturally as a fine example of a "modern" elementary school building of the period. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 18, 2011. The building has been converted to residential housing units.
|Location||116 Hill St.|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Architect||Miller & Mayo|
|NRHP reference No.||11000819|
|Added to NRHP||November 18, 2011|
Description and historyEdit
The former Emery School building is located south of Biddeford's main business district, on a lot bounded by Hill, Birch, and Summer Streets. It is a two-story brick structure, trimmed in cast stone and granite, facing south toward Birch Street, separated by a paved parking area. The main facade is symmetrically arranged, nine bays wide, with two slightly-projecting entrance pavilions set one bay in from the ends. These pavilions are framed by rusticated brick pilasters with a stone cartouche at the top of the second floor. The entrances are set in cast stone surrounds consisting of pilasters supporting a modillioned cornice supported by scrolled brackets. Belt courses of stone demarcate the floors, and the cornice of the main hipped roof is of pressed metal.
The Emery School was built in 1912-13 as part of a drive by the city to modernize its school facilities. Designed in the Colonial Revival style by the Portland firm of Miller & Mayo, it adhered to guidelines published by the state in 1904 for the required properties of elementary school buildings, which included detailed prescriptions for the use of materials and layout and size of classrooms, and replaced four smaller elementary schools. The school was used by the city until 1993, and served until 2007 as a childhood development center operated by a local Catholic church. The building has since been converted into residences.
- Beard, Christine (2011); NRHP nomination for Emery School (available by requested from the Maine SHPO)
- "Project continues trend of converting old Maine schools to new housing". Bangor Daily News. May 16, 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-07.