Hallways

The hallways in the building are wide with high ceilings that will get a bit lower in the remodel (in order to accommodate the air conditioning system).  Notice the large strip between the tops of the doors and the ceiling.

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In the original building, each classroom door had an opening transom window above it in order to provide ventilation to the rooms.  Those windows and doors were replaced when the current air conditioning/heating units were installed.  Notice that the original classroom doors had much larger glass panes in them.

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In the 1930s, students were studying in this hallway under the same windows that are seen in the previous picture.  The yearbook caption for this picture asks “What’s wrong with this picture?” so I assume that this was not a permanent arrangement.  Notice the original door at the left side of the photo.
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All the fire equipment a building needs–the old fire door slides out of its pocket and separates two sections of the hallway.  Note the glass case in the wall behind me, built for a fire hose but containing a more recent fire extinguisher that can’t quite fill the place of its ancestor.  And what are the two boxes higher up on the wall?  The jocular diamond pattern in the flooring was most likely added with the fluorescent lighting and the H/VAC.
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In 1957, the hallway was lit by a series of individual globed incandescent lights.

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This 1962 photo of the hallway in the M Building (looking out the door to N) shows the original classroom door designs, with a transom window above each.
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The view today shows how the doors were replaced when air conditioning was added to the buildings.  Note that the nook for the drinking fountain was removed.  The light within the vestibule matches the light in the earlier photo even as the hallway lights have been replaced with fluorescents.  Plumbing seems to accumulate along the upper walls.

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But on the second floor, the drinking fountain retains its alcove.
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