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Fairmount Heights in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

72-09-29 Fairmount Heights Elementary School

737 61st Avenue

 

—Historic Site, Built 1912 —

 
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By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2018
1. 72-09-29 Fairmount Heights Elementary School Marker
Inscription. The Fairmount Heights Elementary School is one of the largest buildings in the community. Before its construction, classes were held in nearby Charity Hall (715 61st Avenue). in early 1911, a group of residents approached the Prince George’s County Board of School Commissioners and requested that an elementary school be built. The Board agreed, and a building committee which included William Sidney Pittman was appointed. William S. Pittman a resident of Fairmount Heights was a noted African American architect who attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and received a degree in Architectural and Mechanical Drawing from Drexel Institute in 1900. Architect Pittman was chosen to submit a design for the school. The board ordered that the school be erected in accordance with Pittman’s plans and specifications. A few months later, the board purchased four unimproved lots at the corner of Chapel Avenue (now 61st Avenue) and Addison Road. The school was constructed and ready to open by June 1912. By 1915, enrollment had increased to 160 pupils. There were five teachers, four classrooms, and a carpenter shop. At that time, it was the only public school in Prince George’s County with industrial training for African American students.
The school is a two story, hip roof frame structure. The pyramidal roof cupola, which originally housed the
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By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2018
2. 72-09-29 Fairmount Heights Elementary School Marker
school bell, has been enclosed.

Funded by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Sponsored by the Mayor and Town Council of Fairmount Heights, 2016

 
Location. 38° 53.965′ N, 76° 54.721′ W. Marker is in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on 61st Avenue near Addison Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 737 61st Avenue, Capitol Heights MD 20743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 72-09-41 Bungalow Row (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Masonic Lodge No. 92 / The Columbine Chapter No. 46 (about 400 feet away); 72-09-42 Municipal Center Site (about 400 feet away); 72-09-38 Charity Hall (about 500 feet away); Misery (about 800 feet away); 72-09-32 John S. Johnson House (about 800 feet away); 72-09-33 Henry Pinckney House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 72-09-36 Doswell Brooks House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmount Heights.
 
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Fairmount Heights Elementary School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2018
3. Fairmount Heights Elementary School
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By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2018
4. Fairmount Heights Elementary School
Cupola image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2018
5. Cupola
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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