I found this pin tray on eBay depicting Lincoln School the other day. Funny but I couldn’t find any photos of Lincoln School online. (Let me know if you have any you would like me to post.) Lincoln School built in 1908 was a handsome building located between Lincoln and Thomas Streets in Monongahela. Many still remember it since it wasn’t torn down until the late 1970’s I believe. In 2009 Chris Buckley of the Valley Independent interviewed architect and architectural historian Terry Necciai; here is what Terry had to say about Lincoln School:
I went to school there and was saddened by the demolition of it,” Necciai said of the Lincoln facility.
Lincoln School comprised 12 rooms and the walls were three bricks thick, Necciai recalled. A set of nearly 30 steps wound from Thomas Street to the school. The steps were a popular place for class photographs. On a porch at the top of the stairs – above the door – was the Lincoln quote, “Let us have faith that right makes might.” Inside the door, students climbed three more steps. Those familiar with the school might remember the shades of green it was painted. There was a picture of Lincoln inside.
Ironically, the school did not face Lincoln Street. Like the president, Lincoln Street is surrounded by some of the most prominent names of the Civil war era. Streets in that neighborhood were named for Gen. U.S. Grant, Secretary of State Edwin Stanton, Gen. George Henry Thomas, Gen. Oliver Howard, and Gen. Phillip Sheridan. Designed in the colonial revival style that was used in that neighborhood during the period, it was built in the Lockhart Plan, sometimes referred to as the Civil War section.
Development of the plan began in 1869, just four years after the Civil War ended. The booming city was home to many returning Civil War veterans, and the developers honored the war’s heroes by naming streets for them, Necciai said. “And they put Lincoln in the middle because he was central to the effort,” Necciai added.
I wonder why the neighbors here never pressed the school district to remove the asphalt, plant grass and a few trees. I imagine it would improve property values if the lot looked somewhat like a park. Right now you see piles of gravel and asphalt with a dump truck and bobcat parked there. It would be a shame if the old high school area ends up looking like this.
Speaking of Lincolns: