Glover school

The Glover School

In February 2014, the new Glover School opened housing Kindergarten through Third grade.  The former school was established in 1916 and had reached the end of its useful life (if you need a recollection, see the gallery below).  The new school is beautiful inside and out but I had not been able to capture its full length with my current crop of lenses. As I tested out a new super wide angle lens from Canon, I made it a point to stop at the Glover school on a beautiful sunny September day.  I couldn't have asked for better conditions (well, [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:59-05:00September 15th, 2015|Categories: School|Tags: |1 Comment

Goodbye Glover

This week, the Glover school demolition began.  I saw the first chunks removed on my way to work on Monday and noted even more disappeared by noon Tuesday.  I had come home to grab lunch and quickly got the camera instead.  I took a few shots from School street but then made my way around to Cherry Street and saw this view.  The view reminded me of watching the old YMCA come down with layers appearing for singular moments in time.  As it was the crew's lunch break, I had some time to compose this image to showcase the interior [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:11-05:00August 10th, 2012|Categories: School|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Glover Part 4 – Classrooms

This is easily my favorite photo from my morning spent photographing the Glover school.  There is so much about this image that I still don't understand: Why a mural of a whale rowing a boat? Why is this little desk pushed up against the wall?  At the same time, you can again see signs of the age of the Glover in the huge vent to the right and the green flooring. Below is the teacher's break room.  It's a truly tiny space and, when I saw the light coming in and the half-erased words on the chalkboard, I knew that [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:30-05:00March 9th, 2011|Categories: School|Tags: , , |4 Comments

The Glover part 3 – The Boilers

Ever since I took a tour of the Glover school at the time of the last override vote, I had wanted to come back and shoot the boiler room.  These boilers are incredible for their sheer size and age (almost 100 years old).  As you can see, there have been modifications made over the years to try to squeeze more heat out of them by adding a blower to the front.  The scary thing is that these boilers are one bad part away from the scrap heap.  It seems that we've made it through this Winter with them keeping our [...]

By |2016-05-05T11:00:38-04:00March 2nd, 2011|Categories: School|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Glover part 2 – The Stairwells

Part 2 of the 4-part series from my shoot at the Glover school.  Above and below are two of the stairwells in the Glover school.  The first struck me as half of the glass panes have been patched up and most are held in place with duct tape.  The floors show the toll of a hundred years of little feet walking up and down the stairs. Below you'll find the seal of the town of Marblehead at the top of another set of stairs.  Please click the photos to see them bigger and explore the details presented in each image. [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:31-05:00February 28th, 2011|Categories: School|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The Glover part 1 – The Cafeteria

I had the distinct privilege and pleasure of spending some time shooting the Glover school this Wednesday.  As many of you know, the Glover was built in 1916 and houses grades 1-3.  The school's boilers have reached end-of-life and I'm informed that parts are only available from demolitions of buildings of that age in this state.  The town of Marblehead voted down a debt override exclusion to allow this building to be rebuilt by a margin of 71 votes.  I hope that these images can shed some light on the current standing of the school.  While there is an immense [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:31-05:00February 24th, 2011|Categories: School|Tags: , , |3 Comments