German Village must have had a lot of kids back in the day, because it has a lot of neighborhood public and parochial schools. Every few blocks you run across a large multi-story brick building where boys and girls once learned their ABCs.
Over time, the kids grew up, and because new kids didn’t take their places, the buildings grew vacant, and the schools were closed. Some of these grand structures fell into disrepair. But recently, the school buildings have been recycled. One school has been changed into a beautiful private residence. The Barrett School, below, has been converted into a grand building of one- and two-bedroom apartments that is the cornerstone of a huge development in south German Village. And the Beck Street school, above, has been reopened as . . . a school, complete with a new school crossing sign. It’s now a magnet school in the Columbus system.
Almost all of the older public school buildings are pretty, well-made buildings with tall windows and lots of wood. It’s great that they are being used again.