The mission of the Village School Foundation is to preserve, refurbish,
and protect the WW1 Schoolhouse
The Village One Schoolhouse is a 1918 school building frozen in time at the heart of the Liberty Bell shaped historic district, U.S. Nitrate Plant Village One. This unique landscape design of this neighborhood was completed as an act of patriotism during the First World War. A grass roots effort is now underway to repair and restore the school building of Village One, an architectural gem of national historic significance that has sat abandoned for decades.
The building is in a remarkable state of preservation compete with slate chalkboards and heartwood pine woodwork. All work will be done under the Standards of Rehabilitation set forth by the Department of Interior. Exterior repairs are urgently needed on the building’s original, handcrafted Ludowici Spanish tile roof, as well as its millwork, doors, and windows. Inside, lime/horsehair plaster needs restoration as well as carpentry and plumbing to bring this stunning example of turn of the century craftsmanship back to life.
We are asking for your kind and generous tax-deductible donations before further damage is happening to this structure. The future of the schoolhouse depends on your donation to The Village School Foundation. Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over we want to resume and increase events at the schoolhouse for our community. For more information about the Historic Village One and the schoolhouse go to www.facebook.com/TheVillageSchoolFoundation
Join us for our Open House on 06/26/2021 from 10:00 - 2:00
Tours are available