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Schoolhouse focus of historic group

February 21, 2014

The Mapledale School House will be the focus of the Coventry Historical District Commission's efforts in the near future. Jessica Boisclair. Coventry Courier.

COVENTRY— The Historic District Commission in Coventry has been working diligently to collect information on numerous historic buildings in town that need repairs, and their biggest focus during the next couple months will be the Mapledale School House.

Chairman of the commission Mark Gardner explained that in December members of the commission toured different buildings to get a handle on the conditions of such structures.

“We’re also going to be setting up more tours this spring, summer and fall because there’s so much; doing site walks of the neighborhood that have historic buildings we really don’t know what we’ll find,” he added. “There may be buildings that need help and other’s that seem fine, but right now we’re getting an idea of what does need help.”

Some of the places the commission members recently visited include the Arkwright Bridge, the Interlaken Bridge, the Summit Library and the Read School House.

While the commission cannot restore the Arkwright Bridge to handle vehicular traffic again, Gardner said they are going to try and fix it up and incorporate it into the river walk.

Their main focus during the next few months however, is trying to fix up the Mapledale School House on Mapledale Street in Anthony Village.

This building, which was built in 1844, used to act as a one room schoolhouse for the neighborhood.

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