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Mystery floor plan

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what this floor plan was for. See it larger.

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They look like they are being set up for classrooms.

I would also guess at "hospital ward", but I'm not seeing some of the things that I would expect with that (like linen storage and washing areas).

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Room 4 says "will not be occupied this fall." The word "fall" is used a lot more frequently as a time descriptor in academic stuff (fall semester, back to school this fall, etc.)

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The space between rooms 1 and 2 is labelled "recitation room", also suggestive of school or college. I wish I could decipher the handwriting in the Room 1 space.

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Yes. Good catch on "recitation"

Faculty offices, perhaps.

They look a little small for classrooms, but each could be a spacious study/office for higher-end faculty. The shape along the wall in each room - could that be a fireplace?

The upside-down writing is "____ rec room"

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I think Room 1 is labeled "Now Rec Room". I can't tell if there's a colon after "Now" or if those are two random dots.

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I agree with Rob and Coffeeweasel's interpretation.....

Why do rooms 1 and 2 have 28x29 foot square spaces marked off, like rooms within rooms? I keep looking for clues to answer the "when" as well as the "what/where".

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Hmm....

about 64 ft x 64 ft, one floor, four rooms, including one room they don't think they'll need to occupy or furnish yet...

The next Boston Globe newsroom?

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Each room has what looks like a judge's bench and/or a dais in it.

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my guess

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Teachers desks were placed on platforms at the front of the class. It was basically a huge rectangular step that the desk was placed on. Boston Latin School still has some classrooms with them.
It does look like a fireplace though with the smaller rectangle (the desk) looking like a flue.

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Looks like recitation also says en pointe room.

The daises (?) Are probably for an instructor?

Is this the building in the Soth End?

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Among other things, the Boston Ballet was founded in 1963 (and its precursor in 1958,) and this is clearly much older than that. Also, that says "Recitation Room or Private Room," not "Pointe Room." (And a special room wouldn't be needed for pointe work.)

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I'm sure Boston had a performing ballet/ballet school.

What does it say below recitation room. Looks close to en pointe.

Seems to be some kind of performing arts studios/classrooms.

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Also, that says "Recitation Room or Private Room,"

And I read that as maybe reading "Probate Room", which made me think it may be a courthouse. More likely, a schoolhouse. Note the lack of stairs, it is probably a single story building.

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I'm sure Boston had a performing ballet/ballet school.

What does it say below recitation room. Looks close to en pointe.

Seems to be some kind of performing arts studios/classrooms.

ED- figured it out. Says Or Private Room

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Since Uhub, it's either space savers, bike lanes, Storrowing, or stenographic output.

I don't know which but it's one of those.

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the turkeys?

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Thanks for playing, folks!

This drawing is from the early 1870s and is labeled "Stoughton Schoolhouse." Unfortunately, there aren't any notes, correspondence, reports etc that give us context for the drawing. We believe this is the Stoughton Schoolhouse that was on River Street. You can read more about it on the Dorchester Historical Society's website here: http://www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org/blog/?p=1381

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On further review, we're actually thinking this may be a different schoolhouse on Stoughton Street, called the "Stoughton Street Schoolhouse" rather than the Stoughton Schoolhouse" on River Street. This fits a little bit better with the 1870s date of the plans

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Do you mean the building that replaced the former Atheneum???
I believe that building WAS on Sumner St. off of Stoughton St.
The Atheneum building was moved from Pond St or thereabouts to Sumner St. and renamed for Gov. Edward Everett. That building(The Athy) was then torn down sometime later and replaced with a wooden structure only to be replaced by the current Everett school on Pleasant St.
Thanks for the memories...

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