My book on Milwaukee's old schoolhouses, which is due next week, isn't even out yet and thanks to Facebook and my blogs here, folks already associate me with old schools.
Witness the Facebook message I got today from Ed Makowski, a recent Pfister Narrator and general man about town. It was a picture of a some blueprints and a note to get over to Clinton Street Antiques, 1110 S. 1st St., in Walker's Point.
The shop has a tabletop covered in copies of original architectural drawings, by Van Ryn and DeGelleke, of Bay View High School, constructed in 1922. Though they're copies (you can see creases and folds from the originals copied into these), they're pretty darn cool.
I spent a little time combing through, trying to find six great ones, since they're priced at $5 each or $20 for six. I amassed floor plans for the ground floor, first, second and third floors, and the attic and roof, as well as a couple that showed interior details like door frames, staircase railings and the like.
Then I realized, I have absolutely no place to hang these things that are each about four by three feet. So, I decided to pick just one. It wasn't easy but I settled on a general floor plan of the first floor, showing the auditorium, offices and some classrooms.
Had there been some exterior elevations I'd have snapped up those, but someone must have beaten me to it because there are only drawings of the interior and of structural elements.
Still I struggled a bit with my choice, wondering if I should have gone with a sheet of interior details. Certainly, some of you will say I should have just kept the $5 in my pocket.
You might be right, but I'm going to hang this baby up on the office wall next to a giant copy of Schnetzky and Liebert's plans for an 1893 addition at Maryland Avenue School. Who'll be laughing, then, my friends; who'll be laughing then?
You are not the only dork for BVHS mementos - I bought the original art sketch for a printer from an early 1960s BVHS Yearbook of an art deco divider page for the "Activities" section from the Museum of Wisconsin Art. It was more than $5. There are still 2 additional sketches available here but I got the best. Couldn't get all 3. http://www.wisconsinart.org/archives/search.aspx?q=Bay+View&type=artwork I may have to check out those blueprints :)
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