Richmond’s Commission of Architectural Review (CAR) has spoken. They have asked Richmond Public Schools to preserve the oldest part of George Mason Elementary which was built in 1922.
RPS wanted to demolish the entire structure. However, CAR has decided that there is enough historical value to at least explore options to preserve the original 1922 structure. In response, RPS says that they don’t have the funds to renovate that section nor do they have the authority to sell it.
Anyone that visited George Mason knew that it was an amalgamation of different structures. The original 1922 portion included 10 classrooms along with various utility rooms.
CAR did provide approval for them to demolish the rest of the building & structures surrounding this original section.
For more information, there is a detailed Richmond Time Dispatch article here: https://www.richmond.com/news/local/panel-says-richmond-public-schools-must-preserve-oldest-part-of/article_129ca76d-6c30-5f8a-955e-17aa41d0a2bc.html