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New look for old school

The sun shone brightly this afternoon on the newly renovated Brady School as neighbors, elected folks, and friends congregated at the 1880s building in the Highlands to celebrate its facelift. Now home to the city’s Heath Department, the Brady School had been stripped of its siding and left in disrepair for the last four years. Renovating it cost about $150K and happened because of a partnership between a neighborhood group, the city, and our state representatives. For the Friends of Tyler Park (FOTP), renovation of the Brady School was an especially crowning achievement as they celebrate 10 years of citizen activism in the Highlands. The neighborhood group was responsible for the initial interest in the school.  (Disclosure, my husband is president of the FOTP.) Margaret Brady herself, for whom the school is named, attended today’s ceremony and fondly remembered being a first grader there in 1937. Decades later, she returned as a teacher and principal. The rebirth of the Brady School is more than an important piece of the past, or an architecturally significant building; it is also a cornerstone of pride in this busy section of the Highlands. Now, every time we walk or drive down Pine Street, we will have the opportunity to pass this beautiful old building, and it will brighten our journey. My special thanks to all those involved. To see before and after photos, check: more »

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