Concord in Merrimack County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Walker School 1915
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Concord's growth at the end of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century, fueled in large part by the city's prosperous and varied industries, compelled a major campaign to build civic buildings. Within twenty-five years, the school district erected eleven new schoolhouses. Walker School, constructed in 1915, was the last of that wave.
The Board of Education resolved to "build a new school building… sufficiently monumental to properly mark the spot where the legislature of this state ratified the constitution of the United States.” It engaged Concord native and MIT graduate Huse Templeton Blanchard of New York City to prepare plans and local contractor Hutchinson Building Company to construct the school.
The new school featured modern, fireproof construction through brick walls, steel framing, concrete floors, partitions of brick and hollow tile, staircases built of steel and concrete, and limiting the use of wood to interior finishes. Its four doorways solved concerns for safe emergency exits. Inside, the building had twelve classrooms, plus a large kindergarten class within the prominent bowed front
Walker School is a vernacular interpretation of the Beaux-Arts architectural style – a formal, classical style favored for public buildings. The edifice expresses the style through its rigidly symmetrical design, arched window openings, paired pilasters, doorways capped with pediments, quoins at corners and extensive use of diamond, circular and swag motifs.
Walker School closed in June, 2012. In 2013 Binnie Media purchased the building to convert into its radio and television headquarters.
Erected by Concord Heritage Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Education.
Location. 43° 12.858′ N, 71° 32.565′ W. Marker is in Concord, New Hampshire, in Merrimack County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and North State Street, on the right when traveling west on Church Street. Marker is located in a small plaza near the parking lot, just inside the former Walker School entrance at this address. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 Church Street, Concord NH 03301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walker School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Franklin Pierce (about 300 feet away); Ratification of the Federal Constitution (about 300 feet away); New Hampshire’s First Meeting House (about 300 feet away); Site of House (about 700 feet away); The First Garrison in Concord (about 800 feet away); First Session of the Legislature at Concord (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pierce Manse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
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