After seeing the most recent drawings for the exterior of the new Hildreth Elementary School last week, the Historical Commission voted unanimously to approve the School Building Committee’s application for a required certificate of appropriateness within the town center historic district. However, the motion for approval included an understanding that the commission would be able to make further recommendations about the exterior as plans develop.
Most comments from commissioners at the Sept. 5 meeting were favorable, although Chair Pam Marston raised concerns about using two colors—red brick and gray stone—on the building when Old Bromfield and the old library are both monochromatic. Others on the commission opined that the new school will be so much larger than either of those buildings that the two colors are needed to break it up visually and make it look less massive.
School Superintendent Linda Dwight said the School Building Committee, which she chairs, would continue to collaborate with the Historical Commission over the next months.