Fellsmere in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Fellsmere Public School
The Fellsmere Public School, the first masonry school building in what is now Indian River County, was constructed during 1915 and 1916 at 22 South Orange Street. The 22,680 square foot, two-story school with a raised basement was designated by Frederick Homer Trimble, a former Methodist missionary architect who had worked in Fuzhou, China. Trimble, who began his architectural career in the United State in 1915 with the Fellsmere School, designed several building in Fellsmere and Vero Beach, and over 150 buildings in South Florida. Trimble also designed the first buildings at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. The bid to construct the school was awarded to Arthur F. Sanders, a Fellsmere contractor, on May 4, 1915 by the St. Lucie County School Board. Trimble donated the plans for the Fellsmere school but was paid $100 per month to oversee its construction. The school's construction was delayed for several months before funding was obtained from the sale of bonds. By September 1915 Sanders' crews had constructed the Fellsmere Short Line Railroad from the Fellsmere Farms Railroad north of South Carolina Avenue down to the center of Cypress Street to the school site. A special railcar built in Palatka was used to haul
Erected 2011 by City of Fellsmere, Indian River County Historical Society and the
Location. 27° 46.013′ N, 80° 36.157′ W. Marker is in Fellsmere, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is on South Orange Street 0.1 miles south of Pennslvania Avenue (County Road 512), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 S Orange St, Fellsmere FL 32948, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fellsmere (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fellsmere Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); Fellsmere Union Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Marian Fell Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Fellsmere Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Fellsmere Grade (approx. 3.9 miles away); Roseland (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fellsmere.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. 3. submitted on March 25, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.