Tuesday, March 1, 2011

About the Cover

This month's blog header features the cupola atop the old Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School on Crown Avenue in South Scranton.

According to a Facebook page for alumni, this was a school from 1900 to 1978.  It was vacant for a while, and it's now an apartment building for low and moderate income families.

I'm always thrilled when good looking old buildings are adapted for new uses.  Of course, you can't do that with every old school.  Many were fire traps that deserved to be torn down.  The cost of rehabilitation is extreme.

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Connecticut, in 1811.  She wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1850.  It's regarded as one of the works that brought attention to the evils of slavery.