Roxbury in Delaware County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Roxbury Central School
The Roxbury Central School (RCS), is a Tudor Revival style building symbolizing the period of centralization in the development of the New York educational system. The facility was designed by Albany architect Harold O. Fullerton. Built as a Public Works Administration project between 1939 and 1940, the building replaced a 1913 two story building and eight one-room rural school houses. The school design reflects the desire of the village to continue the aesthetic preferences of the Gould family and was chosen to harmonize with the monumental Gothic style church, built one block away in 1892.
The growth and subsequent decline of one-room and rural schools paralleled changes in state educational law. In the nineteenth century, New York State enacted laws which provided for compulsory education, common school funding, uniform curricula and improved educational facilities. By the 1920s these issues and declining enrollment in many rural school districts caused state educators and lawmakers to focus on centralization and consolidation in the development of the educational system.
In 1938 the Roxbury Central School
The Main Street Historic District in Roxbury appears largely as it did upon the completion of the Roxbury Central School. A new addition to expand capacity at the school was completed in 1997.
The Roxbury Central School, 1895 (above) and 1913 (below)
Erected by Gould Family, Delaware County, Roxbury Historic Preservation Commission and the MARK Preject.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
Location. 42° 17.172′ N, 74° 33.825′ W. Marker is in Roxbury, New York, in Delaware County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (New York State Route 30) and Lake Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53729 NY-30, Roxbury NY 12474, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hamlet of Roxbury Historic District (about 700 feet away); The Jay Gould Memorial ChurchEnderlin Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kirkside (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodchuck Lodge (approx. 1.2 miles away); John Burroughs (approx. 1.3 miles away); "Those Hills Comfort Me" (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roxbury.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.