Walton School (Lawrence, MA)

The Walton School was originally called the Methuen Street School. It was built in 1861 to accommodate the pupils housed in the Union School. The Union School was located on Newbury Street and was added to the other public schools in 1857. The Union school was never owned by the city but leased. When the building was vacated in 1861, the owner moved it to Water Street where it was used by the congregation of the Riverside Congregational Church. The Methuen Street School started out as a graded Primary School with two rooms. Misses Bailey and Gault were its first teachers. It is a brick building with granite window sills. It was built in a turned Greek revival style. The school was named after George Augustus Walton (1822-1908) who was schoolmaster of the Oliver School from 1848 to 1864. He wrote the book Walton and Holmes’s Arithmetics.
Located at 49 Methuen Street the Walton School still exists and is in use as a copy center.


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