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James Russell Lowell Elementary School, 4501 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY



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Item Title
James Russell Lowell Elementary School, 4501 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY

Location
4501 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS KY-229
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N54).
Building/structure dates: 1916 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1931 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1993 demolished
Significance: The James Russell Lowell Elementary School is architecturally significant as an excellent example of both the vernacular, institutional architecture of the period (1916) and of the Art Deco style as it was incorporated into an institutional design. The original section of the building, originally known as the Highland Park School, is reminiscent of the residential styles of this same period. It is intact including the only bell tower on a public school building remaining in Louisville. In 1931, when several new school buildings were constructed in the south end, nearly all used the Art Deco style. Lowell Elementary is the finest example of these, and one of the finest citywide. The unusual entry tower with stone pilasters, panels and cornice with stylized motifs is typical of the style and well adapted here to an institutional use. Combined, these two very different building styles compliment one another and are an integral part of the development of Highland Park as a suburb of Louisville.

Related Names
Hawes, Henry F.
Ryster, O. M.
Colley, J. Meyrick
Rommel, George H.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. FRONT SETTING VIEW OF 1916 SECTION FROM CRITTENDEN DRIVE, TAKEN FROM NORTHWEST.
2. REAR SETTING VIEW OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHEAST.
3. FRONT OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE WEST.
4. DETAIL OF ENTRANCE BAY OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE WEST.
5. THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHWEST.
6. SOUTH SIDE OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTH.
7. THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHEAST.
8. REAR OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
9. THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF REAR ELL OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHEAST.
10. REAR SIDE OF 1916 SECTION AT THE NORTH END, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHEAST.
11. THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHEAST.
12. NORTH SIDE OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
13. THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHWEST.
14. DETAIL OF CUPOLA ON 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHEAST.
15. DETAIL OF SEGMENTALLY ARCHED BRICK PANEL WITH BRACKETED GABLE ON NORTH SIDE OF 1916 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
16. SOUTH SIDE OF CONNECTOR BETWEEN 1916 AND 1931 SECTIONS, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHEAST.
17. NORTH SIDE OF CONNECTOR BETWEEN 1916 AND 1931 SECTIONS, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
18. FRONT SETTING VIEW OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHEAST.
19. REAR SETTING VIEW OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHEAST.
20. FRONT VIEW OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
21. THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHWEST.
22. WEST SIDE OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHWEST.
23. THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF 1931 SECTION, ADJACENT TO THE CONNECTOR, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHWEST.
24. REAR OF 1931 SECTION, WEST BAY, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTH.
25. REAR OF 1931 SECTION, CENTER BAY, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTH.
26. REAR OF 1931 SECTION AT THE EAST END, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHWEST.
27. REAR OF 1931 SECTION, EAST BAY, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTH.
28. THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHEAST.
29. EAST SIDE OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
30. THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHEAST.
31. DETAIL OF CORNICE AND DECORATIVE CAPITALS ON ENTRANCE BAY OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHWEST.
32. DETAIL OF OUTSIDE LIGHT AT FRONT CENTRAL ENTRANCE BAY OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
33. DECORATIVE CAPITAL ON MAIN FRONT OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
34. DETAIL OF SIDE FRONT ENTRANCE OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
35. DECORATIVE ARCHED ENTRANCE SURROUND ON SIDE FRONT ENTRANCE OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
36. DETAIL OF WINDOW ELEMENT WITH DECORATIVE BRICK PATTERN ON MAIN FRONT OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
37. DECORATIVE CAPITAL ON PROJECTING SIDE BAY OF FRONT OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHWEST.
38. RECESSED ARCH DETAIL WITH STONE SCONCE ON FRONT OF 1931 SECTION, PROJECTING SIDE BAY, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
39. ARCHED HERRINGBONE BRICK PATTERN DETAIL ON FRONT OF 1931 SECTION, PROJECTING SIDE BAY, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
40. DETAIL OF EAST SIDE ENTRANCE AND SURROUND ON 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
41. DETAIL OF DOUBLE WINDOW ELEMENT WITH ARCHED BRICK PATTERN ON EAST SIDE OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
42. DETAIL OF TRIPLE WINDOW ELEMENT WITH DECORATIVE BRICK SURROUND, ON EAST SIDE OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
43. DECORATIVE CAPITAL ON REAR OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
44. DETAIL OF COLLECTOR BOX AND BOOT, ON 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTH.
45. INTERIOR - DETAIL OF DOUBLE ENTRANCE DOORS IN MAIN LOBBY OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
46. INTERIOR - DECORATIVE GRILLE IN MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
47. INTERIOR - DETAIL OF DECORATIVE GRILLE IN MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
48. INTERIOR - FIRE EXTINGUISHER CABINET IN FIRST FLOOR HALL OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHWEST.
49. INTERIOR - DETAIL OF HALLWAY LOCKERS IN 1931 SECTION, ON SECOND FLOOR LEVEL, TAKEN FROM THE NORTH.
50. INTERIOR - DETAIL OF TERRAZZO FLOOR PATTERN IN 1931 SECTION.
51. INTERIOR - DETAIL OF LIBRARY CABINETS ON FIRST FLOOR IN 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHWEST.
52. INTERIOR - DETAIL OF OAK STAIR WITH BRICK PATTERN, IN LIBRARY OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHEAST.
53. INTERIOR - DOUBLE CLASSROOM CABINET IN 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE NORTHWEST.
54. INTERIOR - SINGLE CLASSROOM CABINET IN 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHEAST.
55. INTERIOR - CLASSROOM CLOCK IN 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE WEST.
56. FLAGPOLE IN FRONT OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE EAST.
57. COVERED CONCRETE BICYCLE STAND AT REAR OF 1931 SECTION, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTHWEST.
58. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, PLOT PLAN, PAGE ONE.
59. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, WARREN AND RONALD, SHEET ONE.
60. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, ATTIC PLAN, DOORS AND DOOR JAMBS, PAGE ELEVEN.
61. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, ROOF PLAN AND GRILLE SCHEDULE, PAGE TWELVE.
62. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, ELEVATIONS, SHEET THIRTEEN.
63. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, SECTIONS, SHEET FOURTEEN.
64. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, EXTERIOR DETAIL H, SHEET FIFTEEN.
65. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, EXTERIOR DETAILS 'J-K-L-M-N-O,' SHEET SIXTEEN.
66. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, WALL SECTIONS, SHEET SEVENTEEN.
67. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, DETAIL STAIRWAYS, 'T-U,' SHEET NINETEEN.
68. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, WINDOW DETAILS, SHEET TWENTY-ONE.
69. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, WINDOW DETAILS, SHEET TWENTY-TWO.
70. PHOTOGRAPHS OF ORIGINAL PLANS, MISCELLANEOUS INTERIOR DETAILS, SHEET TWENTY-THREE.


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