Avon Old Farms School, 500 Avon Old Farms Road, Avon, Hartford County, CT
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500 Avon Old Farms Road, Avon, CT
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS ct-474
Building/structure dates: 1918
Significance: Avon Old Farms School was designed, financed and constructed by architect Theodate Pope Riddle in memory of her father, Alfred Atmore Pope. Pope worked on this project from 1918 until 1929, combining an inventive approach to English Medieval design motifs with an Arts and Crafts sensibility. Still a prestigious boys' preparatory school, Avon Old Farms also was founded to test progressive educational theories that required farm work and other manual labor by the students.
Riddle, Theodate Pope
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
View from south/southwest of water tower and forge on Avon Old Farms School campus, constructed 1920-29.
North exterior elevation of Pope Quadrangle. Note the bas relief sculpture over the doorway, which includes the school motto, Aspirando et Perseverando.
View of Pope Quadrangle interior through arch at north side.
Detail view of interior east facade of Pope Quadrangle from northwest. Note pelican sculpture at top of gable.
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