Throwback Thursday: TAC's Wayland High School to be Razed

March 3, 2011 · Posted in Architects, Modern Design, Throwbacks 

Anderson also pressed for the town to pay more taxes for the school’s construction. In a letter from The Wayland-Weston Town Crier, he said, “Because of spiraling costs, all we’re doing now educationally is holding our own and hanging on to what we have. At this rate we’re not going to make any dramatic improvements. And yet, the taxes we pay for our schools are certainly high enough.”

The Town Crier added,

Fundamental to the problem is the relative values we place on education as contracted to material possessions. We each spend at least $1000 a year on our car, but only $340 annually for the education of each child in Town. We are quite content to allow billions to be sunk in TV and advertising, and our tax structure provides for this kind of spending. Yet if education is as important as we say, we better find some way to give it the real financial support it needs.”

Cambridge Consultants, Inc. of Boston, Educational Consultants, were hired to help the town determine what educational changes and structural changes were needed to make the new high school better than the last.

Wayland High School’s open campus was designed by Herbert Gallagher and John “Chip” Harkness of The Architects’ Collaborative; the two were assisted by the renowned architectWalter Gropius. The School Building Committee interviewed 10 architectural firms before finally making its decision.

Quoted above is an excerpt from an article about some of the ideas behind hiring Walter Gropius to design a High School.  I think the argument is still valid.  The school’s building committee made the decision is 2009 to tear the building down.


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