Please Save the Historic Pinney School

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Please Save the Historic Pinney School

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Accessible Stafford started this petition to savepinneyschool@mail.com

Our beloved Stafford Landmark, Pinney School, is being sold by a realtor on behalf of Stafford's Board of Selectmen (BOS).

It is Stafford's 300th Anniversary, as a present to our town please help us retain this beautiful piece of our history by signing this petition (you can be anonymous) to show that you care about preservation. 

The creators of this petition know that the town's current BOS wants the building on the tax roles as quickly as possible, but what this petition hopes to accomplish is that the BOS includes the easement recommendations of the Stafford Historic Advisory Commission (SHAC). SHAC recommends appending easements to the Pinney School deed to preserve the rich diversity of Victorian architecture exhibited in the and sides of the building before a sale of the property occurs. 

  • Easement 1: Features earmarked for preservation are, as follows: the five-bay the square-plan tower; the molded cornice with dentils; the paired and single windows with 1-over-1 sash; the molded pediments over the first-floor windows; the molded stringcourse at the second-floor window sill level; the full entabla­ ture under the eaves with dentils and modillions; the corbelled chimneys centered on the ridge, and the plain stringcourse at the transition from siding to patterned brickwork on the foundation's exterior, and the 3­ dimensional, patterned brickwork itself. Tower details to be included in the easement are, as follows: a group of three tall narrow lights with 1-over-1 sash; two smaller lights above each window on the second floor; three arched openings with louvers and fishscale shingles on the third floor; and the finial atop the roof.

  • Easement 2: No parking lot shall be permitted in the front yard of the Pinney School building.

Significance of Pinney School:

Stafford Hollow Historic District is significant because it contains within a few acres five of the town's most historic buildings: two early 19th-century churches, the old town hall, Memorial Hall, and Pinney School. These buildings reflect Stafford Hollow's former status as a religious and civic center for the entire town of Stafford, and they illustrate the historical development of major institutions within the town....Pinney School, built in 1895, was the town's first graded school and illustrates the evolution of education away from the district or one-room schoolhouse system.

Victorian eclecticism is also evident in Pinney School, combining dentils, arches, a tower, and rusticated brickwork into an impressive monument comparable (though smaller and using clapboards and shingles) to the architect's commercial and institutional buildings in downtown Hartford. 

http://www.livingplaces.com/CT/Tolland_County/Stafford_Town/Stafford_Hollow_Historic_District.html

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