West Seattle history uncovered at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse

While remodeling an area of the old Fauntleroy Schoolhouse to serve as a Pilates studio, Pamela Phillips-Blevins discovered a bit of history, a blackboard that appears to have been frozen in time – in 1939.

Way over on the right side of the blackboard, a few names for a “list” (gotta wonder what “list” that was):

Pamela says they found this blackboard under a newer one. Hers is one of several new businesses in the old schoolhouse, now nonprofit-owned (after a deal was completed last year). Fauntleroy Schoolhouse is 93 years old, according to this thumbnail history from Seattle Public Schools, which closed it in 1981.

7 Replies to "West Seattle history uncovered at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse"

  • AE July 14, 2011 (2:09 pm)

    I hope they leave the old blackboards some way! :)

  • Bonnie July 14, 2011 (2:24 pm)

    That is pretty cool!

  • dameDonna July 14, 2011 (2:50 pm)

    Can they seal it and save it? SO cool! I wish everyone printed as neatly these days.

  • Alison July 14, 2011 (4:19 pm)

    Very cool find! I agree, leave the blackboard as is!

  • Grant July 14, 2011 (4:53 pm)

    I hope they preserve it, too, so that in another 72 years from now, our children’s children’s children can look upon it and see a slice of ordinary life from a time before WWII. Then, schools had blackboards; now, some have iPads. What will they have in 2083?

  • destinyabound July 14, 2011 (5:22 pm)

    pretty cool

  • Silly Goose July 15, 2011 (7:21 am)

    My 93 year old neighbor was a 2nd grade teacher there, I am going to show this to her as she always reflects on how many wonderful years she was a teacher at that school. Save the black board!!

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