An old school beacon

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An old school beacon

Renovation launches Silverton’s architectural landmark toward future

An old school beacon

Silverton School science teacher Kevin deKay, shows details in a rock to student Ernesto Saldanos, 14, in the renovated lab room.
“Most kids have not had an art class in three years, if ever.” said Sam Walsh, an art teacher at Silverton School while showing the new art studios. The $12 million renovation includes energy-efficient upgrades.
These historic radiators were restored, and the building’s heating system has been overhauled. In the basement of the gym, three electric thermal-storage boilers, which contain clay bricks electrically heated at night, are expected to reduce energy costs.
A $342,000 grant from the Colorado Historical Society financed the restoration of the school’s brick exterior, including replacing the original roof line and various cornices. The old bell from the 1898 wooden schoolhouse, which once stood on the current playground, was relocated to the front of the building.
The library offers ample light through tall windows. A new kitchen and cafeteria plus a new performing arts center have been added, too.
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