Built in 1904 and functioning as an elementary school unti1 1961. The Greensboro Public School Building has significance in both architecture and education. The building is a striking, though a modest presentation of a national design trend of the era the Richardsonian-Romanesque style. This building has been identified in a regional context as a good example of the work of the Italian immigrants who worked as masons and builders in the region. It was built by James Parreco (my great grandfather) who built two or three other buildings in Greensboro, including his home and the Greensboro Baptist Church. The Greensboro Public School is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It lies one block outside the Greensboro Historic District.
The buildings premier feature is its exterior walls. It was built from fine hand cut random ashlar Cussewego sandstone. Each stone is sawn straight on four sides and the face is left rough. With thin mortar joints no more than two stones share the same mortar joint, walls are very strong. The windowsills project and are slightly sloped to shed water. Other stone details are voussoirs forming the arches at the front and back entries and a date stone that reads “Greensboro Public School 1904.”
The school has four large classrooms 37’ x 25-29,’ with 12’.5” tall ceilings. One of the classrooms still has the original pressed metal on the ceiling. Each classroom has slate chalk boards on the walls. There is a big hallway with a grand stairway to the second floor. I’ve been told the trim and floors are either yellow pine or red oak. There is a half bathroom on the first floor. And a full bathroom that must have been added in later years in the basement. Although the water has not been turned on for many years I did have the sewer dye tested and it is hooked up to the main line in the neighborhood. The unfinished basement has concrete floors with drains installed.
Each classroom has steam radiators that were used for heat but the coal burning boiler in the basement looks like it hasn’t been used since the 60s. There was a roof leak upstairs in the principal’s office room so I had the roof replaced last year 2022 with new gutters installed. By the way, the bell in the bell tower still works! I regraded the yard so the water will drain away from the building. Now all the inside needs restoration. I was thinking this building would make 4 great apartments or a big house with room for the whole family to come and stay. Or return it back to an operating school. I rent/live part time in the house right next door to the property. So if you need help with the restoration or just need someone to watch over the property I would be more than happy to help.
Greensboro is located in southwest Pennsylvania in Green County. This neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. It’s the rare kind of neighborhood where you don’t have to lock your doors Nestled right on the Monongahela River. We have a boat ramp next to our one and only restaurant. The food is home-style cooking and delicious. Every time I go in there I end up staying for a while just talking to the friendly neighbors. Mon View Park is located as soon as you come into town. Where we have Green County’s only roller skating rink, open every weekend all year long. The park has the neighborhood pool, ball fields, basketball court, playground, and 8 different picnic pavilions. Hiking and biking trail that starts at the park and goes through the town along the river. The famous “Warrior Trail” a 67 mile hiking trail starts in Greensboro and ends up in Moundsville West Virginia.
Greensboro is only 16 miles to Morgantown West Virginia home of the Mountaineers! West Virginia University. 21 miles to Uniontown PA and 62 miles to Pittsburgh PA.
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