Toms Brook School

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Toms Brook School, constructed in 1935-36, was designed by Luray architect James R. Mims in a Colonial Revival style. During the first half of the 1930s, Shenandoah County undertook a construction campaign to replace older and damaged schoolhouses with new buildings; Toms Brook High School was the last one built under this program. The school’s unusual design—the entry leads to an auditorium that occupies half of the floor space, with a corridor and classrooms lining the other half—and its fireproof construction make it an interesting variation on school architecture for the period. Mims also designed a cafeteria for the Toms Brook School that was completed in 1952.After listing in the registers, the school building was rehabilitated through the use of historic tax credits, and converted into an apartment building.

Last Updated: November 20, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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