|FRONT VIEW OF PAINT LICK SCHOOL|
|FRONT INTERIOR ENTRANCE|
Paint Lick was considered a modern school in 1912 when the original four rooms were built to accommodate grades k-12 in the small town of Paint Lick, Kentucky. Constructed of brick in the latest two story school style it soon became too small, so over the years a few additions were added -- like the gym that was built in two sections. It served the community well over those years – until 1994.
The high school grades part were moved to the nearby town of Lancaster in 1964. Then a beautiful school was built at the edge of town for the lower grades. The old school that sat in town joined the ranks of many of the old schools across the nation that were closed in the last several decades.
As they closed, these lovely old neighborhood schools became deteriorated eyesores. For others, good fortune rained down on them as they were resurrected into living apartments, office structures, community centers and even turned into private schools. Towns found that restored schools with such uses contributed to the local economies.
|LEFT OVERS FROM THE PAST IN OLD ALCOVE|
|GHOSTLY SCHEDULE OF THE PAST|
|ORIGINAL WOOD STAIRCASE|
In Paint Lick the old school was sold to a private individual and became sort of a flea market for about 12 years. Then a man stepped forward about four years ago -- to buy the school with a vision for studio apartments. He had previous experience in resurrecting a small office building to its former glory in the town of Berea, Kentucky. Jay, not his real name, has fire in his heart for old buildings and feels that we need them to know our roots. He follows all the National Register guidelines in rehabilitating buildings.
|SHADOW WEAR MARKS FROM FORMER STUDENTS |
ON OLD WOOD STAIRCASE
I stepped into the old school last Saturday. The interior was in the throes of restoration. It’s a large building that requires slow deliberate work, much of what one cannot see like asbestos abatement. Many of the old school interior elements were still hanging on. There were school secrets around every corner. Vintage school colors were still apparent on many surfaces. Wood floors, some refinished were eye popping in the multi -windowed classrooms. Histories of footsteps were pronounced on the old wood stair treads. Even one small blackboard still had class notes from long ago.
|VINTAGE BLUE COLOR ON DOOR WITH |
OLD AND NEW LOCKS
|WORK IN PROGRESS|
This school wraps up a man’s vision, student memories, town history and possibly in the future a new beginning for the Paint Lick school.