Monday, September 28, 2009

The Annapolis Academy

While we are still in the month of September, I figured that I should make an attempt to post some of the earliest school themed images the Annapolis Heritage Society Archives holds. One of the most important functions of any archive is to collect and preserve images such as these. This sort of collecting ensures that important parts of our community's history will not be lost. Storing a community's information in one central and accessible location also allows researchers to find information that they need.

Luckily, all of the people in this 1878 class photograph have been identified. Those of you who are familiar with the genealogy of the Annapolis Royal area will readily recognize the names of the students in this class. The students featured in the photograph are all identified from left to right. Front row: Blanch Barteaux, Frank Nicholson, Reg Robertson, Fred Chipman, Victor Whitman. Middle row: Ida McCormick, Mary LeCain, Blanch Harris, Ida Harris, Addie Snow. Back Row: Maria Hardwick, Ira Hardwick, Will Barteaux, E.J. Lay (Teacher), Dwight Whitman.

The building featured in this post is the Annapolis Academy which stood on the southern end of the White House Field. To explain the location, the White House Field was an area around Fort Anne which was reserved for use by the military. This area had no buildings until the closure of the fort in 1854. This structure was built in 1866 and was used before The Grange was called into service as a school in 1883. As with some of the other early Annapolis Royal Schools, this is an interesting building. For a building built in the Middle of the Victorian era, this school has all the hallmarks of the earlier Georgian period. The simplicity and symmetry of the Neo-Classical style is the main feature of this building. The decoration on this building is unelaborate but effective. The 9 over 6 windows are all topped with an entablature as is the centrally located door. The door is further decorated with sidelights and a transom light. For me, the most interesting part of the decoration is the rosette window located in the end gable. There appears to be an interesting cupola on the roof of the building but this is unfortunately cropped off in the original photograph. Perhaps my favorite part of this picture is the person who is hanging their legs out of the second floor window. I wonder if this person wound up in the Principal's office once the photograph was developed.

All for now,
RGS

1 comment:

  1. The person in the window is certainly interesting, but I think I actually prefer the student perched rather whimsically in the tree. :)

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