Horace Belden School - Simsbury, Connecticut
Posted by: BruceS
N 41° 52.820 W 072° 48.043
18T E 682484 N 4638828
Quick Description: Historic former high school now city hall in Simsbury, Connecticut.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 7/31/2011 9:48:46 AM
Waymark Code: WMC6B6
"The Horace Belden School, originally built as the first Simsbury High School, and now the third Simsbury Town Hall, is a Late Gothic Revival style building built in 1907 in Simsbury, Connecticut, USA. The adjacent Central Grammar School, now known as the Central Elementary School, is a building built in the same style in 1913. Both buildings were listed together on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
The current Simsbury High School is elsewhere.
According to its NRHP nomination:
These schools epitomize in their design and massing the prevailing early twentieth-century philosophy that educational buildings should be monumental structures designed in styles that reflected Euro-English academic traditions. Such architectural precedent had been commonly invoked in the Collegiate Gothic design of earlier college buildings in the state, most notably at Yale, Trinity, and Wesleyan universities, and, later in the 1940s, at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Some of this effect is lost at the Central Grammar School because of its siting but the long, low massing of the Belden School on its open site particularly conveys this concept. An imposing almost intimidating structure, it commands respect for the value of education." - Wikipedia
The high school moved out of the building in 1967 and over the next twenty years the building served various purposes within the school system. The school was converted to the Simsbury Town Hall beginning in 1993. The building is in very good condition.