Wednesday Lunch Talk - Why Do American School Buildings Look the Way They Do?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Noon - 1pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215

When we imagine a typical public school building, we picture many elements that originated in Boston’s nineteenth-century public schools, including auditoriums, individual desks, and classrooms small enough to be taught by one teacher.  Why did these elements take hold and prove so enduring?  What other architectural solutions did Bostonians propose for their schools, and why did they fail?  In both cases, the talk will focus on how Boston’s school leaders developed architectural solutions to the challenges confronting nineteenth-century school systems as they expanded to serve new and different student populations.

Presentation by Rachel Remmel, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Eastman School of Music.

Light lunch served. No reservation required.




Tags: architecture of schools, Eastman School of Music, Rachel Remmel, Wednesday Lunch Hour