Pere Gabriel Richard Elementary School History
Pere Gabriel Richard 1930 Architect's Rendering
From the dedication program:
Père Gabriel Richard
October 15, 1767-September 13, 1832A Frenchman by birth, an American by adoption and spirit,he was a pioneer of the West, pastor of old Sainte Anne’s,and a spiritual father to the Indians.His cultured mind andhis eagerness to diffuse knowledge inspired him to propose a public library, to become the first patron printing in Michigan, to become a founder of the University of Michigan and of Detroit’s earliest schools. Imprisoned for his patriotism in the War of 1812, he was later elected delegate to Congress, where he promoted Michigan’s first highways. In his Master’s service he labored with the graciousness of a gentleman and the bravery of a Frenchman, until he died, martyr of charity, ministering to the victims of the cholera.
Board Members, Principal, Architects, General Contractor
Presiding Superintendent: S. M. Brownell
President, Board of Ed: Fred Sutter
Secretary, Board of Ed: Charles A. Parcells
Treasurer, Board of Ed.: Charles A. Poupard
Other board members: John R. Watkins & J. Lee Barrett
Principal of Richard: C.J. Messner, M.A.
Architects: Robert O. Derrick, Inc.
General Contractor: A.W. Kutsche Co.
Samuel M. Brownell,
Presiding SuperintendentTeaching staff 1930
Kdg: Gertrude Slocum, Ph.D
Grade 1B: Mac WalterGrade 1A: Ruth U’Ren
Grade 2B: Helen Wise, B. S.
Grade 2A: Marion Walker
Grade 3B: Ethel Eckstrand, A. B.
Grade 3A: Helen Spangler
Grade 4B: Nina Oldham
Grade 4A: Virginia Ward
Grade 5B: Mary Greenshields, A. B.
Grade 5A: Lucille Groff, A. B., M. A.
Grade 6 B: Katherine Richards, A. B.
Grade 6 A: Clara Blank
CoachingTchr: Olga Martin
Phys Ed.: Garnette Foster, B. S.
Phys Ed.: Louis Vedder
Art: Janette Adams, B. S.
Inst. Music: O. Lincoln Igon, B. A., B. Mus. Ed.
Music: Elizabeth Dexter, B. M.
Facts about Richard Elementary School
Site purchased: July, 1928-May 1929
Construction began: Nov. 20 1929
Contract cost: $352,455.70
Equipment cost: $15, 125.36
Total Cost of building: $376,272.16
Site cost: $132,268.33
Pupils enrolled Sept. 1930: 389
Pupils enrolled Jan. 1931: 412
Increase since Sept. 1930: 23
Capacity, present unit (on Detroit basis): 700
Working Capacity, ultimate plant, 1225
Number of teachers: Full time 15
Number of teachers: Part time 4
Per pupil cost (contract cost), $463.75
Per pupil cost (building complete) $495.09
Uses of Special TilesFireplaceBuilt-in AquariumDetail-View Aquarium
Classrooms Past and Present
Kindergarten Room (1930)A beautiful room designed and equipped to stimulate many types of socialized and individualized activities on the part of kindergarten pupils. For this reason it has anattractive color scheme interwoven in all its aspects. There is a beautiful fireplace with special tile blocks depicting characters familiar in childhood stories. There is a very attractively colored drinking fountain with a background that is fascinating to the minds of little children. This same color scheme is carried out in the built-in aquarium which stands in the corner near the window.
A Typical 1940's Classroom 2008 ClassroomClassroomsThe classrooms of Pere Gabriel Richard School are of the standard size capable of seating forty pupils.They are modern in every respect and are equipped in such a manner as to make possible the mostefficient instruction. Physically, the classroom meets modern requirements with respect to heating,and ventilating is of the uni-vent type, both the heating coil and the ventilating ducts and fan beingintegral parts of the same unit. Temperature is thermostatically- controlled. There is a special humidifyingapparatus. Lighting is obtained through a series of large austral type windows equippedwith double roller translucent shades.Other Sites of Interest