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To be good architecture, the design of the exterior of the building should express the character and purpose for which the interior of the building is used, as “truthful expression” is just as desirable in architecture as it is in all other things in life. — James O. Betelle, The American School Board Journal, April, 1919

New Rochelle High School Can’t Catch a Break

August 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Architecture, Miscellaneous


Poor New Rochelle High school. As if a devastating fire in 1968 wasn’t bad enough, the old girl suffered another indignity as lightning struck one of its towers about 6pm on Friday. The strike arrupted a blaze that basically destroyed the conical roof, but luckily it was a localized event, and should be fully repairable.

A few more photos of this and the 1968 fire can be found on flickr.

Thanks to our man in the field, John Elwood, for calling this in.

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  • 1 linda johnston // Sep 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I have enjoyed your site. I graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1964. I had always felt I attended a college rather than a high school, but never really appreciated the majestic beauty of our school while I was there. Alas, isn’t it a shame many of us never appreciate what we have until we either lose it or move on in our lives.

    Linda Johnston

  • 2 DT // Oct 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    <p>I have enjoyed your site. I graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1964. I had always felt I attended a college rather than a high school, but never really appreciated the majestic beauty of our school while I was there. Alas, isn’t it a shame many of us never appreciate what we have until we either lose it or move on in our lives.</p>

    <p>Linda Johnston</p>

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