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Reference Number 13000328
State New York
County Dutchess
Town Freedom Plains
Street Address 2 Doctor Fink Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/28/2013
Areas of Significance
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The former LaGrange District School No. 3 is an architecturally and historically significant resource located in the Freedom Plains vicinity of Dutchess County, New York. Historically the building relates to the implementation of a district school system by the Town of LaGrange in the nineteenth century; the nominated building, which replaced an earlier building on site that survives a short distance to the east, served the educational needs of students from the Freedom Plains area from the 1860s into the early 1940s, at which time the town's district school system was abandoned in favor of a consolidated school model. Of the 13 nineteenth-century district schools that served the town's educational needs in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the nominated building remains the last extant example not privately owned or renovated to serve as a domicile. In architectural terms School No.3 is of characteristic form and plan for this distinctive building type, although it should be noted that the dual entrance arrangement is atypical. Both the interior and exterior are largely devoid of references to prevailing architectural fashions. LaGrange District School No.3 is being nominated for designation at the local significance level, in association with Criterion A, for its relationship with the development of a system of public education in the Town of LaGrange, and additionally under Criterion C, as a modest yet interpretable example of mid-nineteenth century rural schoolhouse architecture. It remains among the more prominent architectural landmarks in the Freedom Plains area of LaGrange and an important link to education in the town prior to the centralization of area schools in the midtwentieth century.


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