Fairfax Public School (Old Fairfax Elementary School Annex)
Fairfax Public School
The Old Fairfax Elementary School Annex, now the Fairfax Visitor Center and Museum
|Location||10209 Main St., Fairfax, Virginia|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Italianate|
|NRHP Reference #||92001367|
|Added to NRHP||October 21, 1992|
|Designated VLR||April 22, 1992|
Fairfax Public School, also known as the Old Fairfax Elementary School Annex, is a historic school building located at Fairfax, Virginia. It consists of two sections built in 1873 and 1912, and is a two-story, brick building. The original section lies at the rear of the building, which was later fronted by the two-story, rectangular, hipped roof section. The front facade features a one-story, Classical Revival style portico supported by three fluted Doric order columns at each corner. The building now houses the Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center.
Built in 1873, the building was the first Fairfax Elementary School, and the first brick public school in Fairfax County, Virginia. It was used as a school until 1925 when the building was purchased by the Ku Klux Klan chapter, Cavaliers of Virginia, Inc.
The cost of construction was $2,750.
A fire damaged the building in 1932, which was repaired in 1937 when the Fairfax County School Board purchased and began using it as a school again. The county held its first special education classes there in the 1950s, after which it was used as a school administration building and then as part of the Northern Virginia Police Academy.
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center
The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center opened on July 4, 1992, featuring exhibits covering Fairfax and Northern Virginia history. Prior to opening, the building underwent renovations for just under 5 years, which was publicly funded through a city referendum.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- Susan E. Smead (February 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Fairfax Public School" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo
- Netherton, et all (1997). Fairfax, Virginia: A City Traveling Through Time. Fairfax, VA: Fairfax, VA: History of the City of Fairfax Round Table. p. 144. ISBN 0-914927-26-4.
- "Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center". City of Fairfax. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
- Netherton, p. 144
- Netherton, pp. 156–157
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