Tarbox School (Lawrence, MA)

tarbox1The School Committee felt a need for a new large elementary School north of the Spicket River in 1892.  1895 was the year the Tarbox School was built at the corner of Alder and Walnut Streets.  It was named after John K. Tarbox, a mayor of the city from 1873 to 1874.  It was constructed of face brick, with North Conway granite.  The roof was slated with dark Brownville slate.  The flashings, ridge castings, terminal, dormer, etc. were of copper.  Architectural details were Romanesque.  At the time it was built it contained ten classrooms, two teachers’ rooms, a principal’s office, a library, a supply room and an exhibition hall.  The building was piped for gas and wired for electricity so that either might be used for lighting.  The principal could communicate by way of speaking tubes and electric bells.  The school had a maximum occupancy of 560 pupils.  John Ashton was the architect.  It is still in use as a school.

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