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Historic Buildings of Bristol: Old Bristol High School

Photo (c) Historic Buildings of Connecticut

Photo (c) Historic Buildings of Connecticut

Bristol’s High School building of 1890, at the intersection of Center and Summer Streets, was designed by Bristol-born architect Theodore Peck (who also designed such buildings in Bristol as a house for his brother, Miles Lewis Peck).

The school displays the hallmarks of the Richardsonian Romanesque, including the use of stone (here added as trim on a brick building) and semicircular Romanesque arches.

The style was named for the influential architect H.H. Richardson, who designed the Cheney Building in Hartford. The High School, which was expanded in 1912, was used as a school until 1922, when a larger building was needed. It has since served various purposes and was named the Messier Building.

One notable change to the building since 1890 is a significant shortening of the original chimney. It is currently the new home of the Bristol Historical Society.

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