Dilworth Elementary School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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Dilworth Elementary School
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Dilworth Elementary School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Dilworth Elementary School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Location Saint Marie and Collins Sts., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°28′5.57″N 79°55′2.96″W / 40.4682139°N 79.9174889°W / 40.4682139; -79.9174889Coordinates: 40°28′5.57″N 79°55′2.96″W / 40.4682139°N 79.9174889°W / 40.4682139; -79.9174889
Area 2.1 acres (0.85 ha)
Built 1915
Architect Vrydaugh & Wolfe; Dawson Construction Co.
Architectural style Tudor Revival, Jacobean Revival
Governing body Local
MPS Pittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 86002663[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 30, 1986
Designated CPHS November 30, 1999[2]
Designated PHLF 1997[3]

The Dilworth Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a historic school building, completed in April 1915.[4] As of March 2015 it is a traditional Magnet school for pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system.[5] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

History[edit]

The school is named for the Dilworth family. William Dilworth (1791-1871) is credited with providing a school and teacher on Mt. Washington in the 1820s. Mary Parry Dilworth, widow of descendant John S. Dilworth later donated the land on which the Dilworth school was built. The architects, Martin U. Vrydaugh and Thomas B. Wolfe, also designed churches and homes for wealthy patrons, including the Calvary United Methodist Church. The school was designed three years after the Pittsburgh and Allegheny City school boards where merged.[4]

The building is brick, H shaped, two and one half stories high. It was a consciously elegant design, stylistically unique in the city when built, echoing European school designs. It included kindergarten and basement play spaces as were becoming essential at the time; but here the playrooms did not receive as much design attention as such elements would later on, and were not particularly functional. An auditorium was added in 1927 and was well designed for its intended use with a full stage, and directly accessible without entering the main portion of the school.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Local Historic Designations". Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  3. ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  4. ^ a b c "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Lu Donnelly (May 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form:Dilworth Elementry School" (PDF). Retrieved March 15, 2015.  Photo
  5. ^ "Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved 14 March 2015.