Peter Faneuil School
Peter Faneuil School
|Architect||Kelley, James T.; Graves, Harold S.|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival, Classical Revival|
|Part of||Beacon Hill Historic District (#66000130)|
|NRHP Reference #|||
|Added to NRHP||December 16, 1994|
|Designated CP||October 15, 1966|
The Peter Faneuil School is an historic school building at 60 Joy Street on Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a four-story brick building with limestone trim, built in 1910 to designs by the Boston firm of Kelly and Graves. It is named for Peter Faneuil, the benefactor who gave Faneuil Hall to the city. Its construction represented an early form of urban renewal, as the area it occupies was cleared of wooden tenement housing. During most of the twentieth century the Peter Faneuil School served as an elementary school for Beacon Hill residents.
In 1975, the Educational Collaborative of Greater Boston (EDCO) opened The Lab ( Learning about Boston) School, as a voluntary desegregation secondary school project. 75 high School students from 22 different school districts chose to attend the program which was based on a handful of majors chosen by the students, Students could opt for Dramatic Arts, Communications, Marine Biology, Environmental Studies. Adventure and History, in addition to taking elective and required courses in traditional and not so traditional subjects.. At the start of each semester, students and staff spent several days at Boston University's Sargent Camp Outdoor Adventure Program to get to know one another and to participate in trust-building activities. Outdoor adventure at LAB School included a notable rappel by the students down the front of the Peter Faneuil School building. During its year and a half of existence, the students and staff published several volumes of an original, creative writing and art magazine, LAByrinths.The LAB School continued for another year as a full-time program, succeeding in creating genuine integration among students and staff. Attendance, even for the less-likely-to-succeed students was high, and reading scores soared. At its height of success, LAB School served 150 students. As state and federal funding for desegregation projects waned, LAB School ended. Several of the staff, including Bernice Lockhart, director, remained at the location, and transitioned into another, part-time EDCO project, called Metropathways.
Between 1976 and 1989 the Peter Faneuil School changed use and housed a small college preparatory program sponsored by the University of Massachusetts named ACC or 'Another Course To College.' ACC, a 'back to basics' advanced program, was created as a safety net for academically strong and/or gifted students of the Boston public schools. Acceptance was based on GPA, IQ based entrance exam, and/or teacher recommendation.
After the ACC/UMASS program was cut the Peter Faneuil School closed and In 1994 was converted into apartments.
- National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "MACRIS inventory record for Peter Faneuil School". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
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