Savannah Consolidated School

Savannah Consolidated School

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This is a model of the old rock Works Progress Administration-built Schoolhouse in Savannah Township, Jackson County, North Carolina, which was originally constructed in 1940, replacing several smaller schools scattered throughout Savannah Township and Greens Creek Township of varying sizes, all constructed of wood. The building contained modern conveniences, such as steam heat, electric lighting, and indoor plumbing, and contained multiple classrooms for all grade levels, a Gymnasium, Office, Lunch Room and Library. The building served the Savannah community as an Elementary/Middle School. By the 1950s, it was overcrowded and the facility received a brick addition containing four classrooms and two restrooms, which eased the burden on the facility, which by the 1960s had declining enrollment. The school remained open and in use until 1973, when it was consolidated with the Elementary programs at Sylva and Webster to form Fairview Elementary School, located behind Smoky Mountain High School. Since the 1990s, the building has been home to the Old School Antique Mall, and has had some renovations that closed up the large windows and doorways in favor of smaller ones, and completely obscured the 1950s brick classroom addition in siding. The building still stands and greets travelers along US Highway 441 between Franklin and Dillsboro. Feel free to use this model as you see fit, on the condition that you contact me first so I know where it is being used (I'd love to see it wherever it ends up), and give me a mention or credit wherever it is used or published. #WorksProgressAdministration #NewDeal #HistoricArchitecture #School
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