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Lenox School
35 Lenox Avenue
 
DESCRIPTION
 
Construction Date:  1918, 1973
Style:  Stripped Classicism
Number of Stories:  3
 
Foundation:
Exterior Wall Fabric:  orange brick with some trim
Fenestration:  multi-paned, steel
Roof/Chimneys:  flat with stepped parapet at center
 
Additional Architectural Description:
 
The Lenox School is three stories in height and three bays wide.  The flat roof has a stepped parapet at the center, and “Pompton Lakes School” is inscribed in an inset stone panel.  A terra cotta cornice is located above the third story.  The center bay projects slightly.  The central entrance is defined by a stone surround.  Secondary entrances are located to each side, and identified “Boys” and “Girls.”  Multi-paned steel windows are set in bands of five, and feature stone sills.  The property is enclosed by a wrought iron fence.
 
Boundary Description and Related Structures:
 
The School is set back from Lenox Avenue, and bounded by twentieth-century residential structures.  A playground is located to the east of the school.
 
Significance:
 
The Lenox School appears on Sanborn maps of 1920 and 1929.  Apparently, its shape was modified at some point during the 1920’s, as it appears as a rectangular building on the 1920 Sanborn, but is a U-shape by the time of the 1929 Sanborn.  Its construction and subsequent expansion are undoubtedly the direct result of the residential expansion that surrounded it.
 
The School is a good example of the stripped classicism favored for school buildings constructed during this period.
 
Lenox School was designated an historic site on March 20, 2001.
 
 
 


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