Old Rock School, Springville, St. Clair County, c.1920s-'40s (Places in Peril 2008)
Now empty, the Old Rock School is a local landmark in Springville, once providing classroom space for high school students. The school may be the largest surviving chert-rock structure in St. Clair County, representing a type of folk construction—the application of indigenous chert rock to a building’s façade, which appears to be unique to certain north and north-central Alabama counties. Constructed primarily during the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, many of these structures have today disappeared from the Alabama landscape. Discussion about tearing down the old school concerns many in Springville, who want their landmark to be saved and put to a new use. One promising option may be for the building to become a much-needed new location for the public library.
3/30/2017 11:22:56 am
I went to school in the ol rock school, would feel a loss if it was ever torn down. I realize the cost of restoring it will be high but it will be worth it. A few years ago, when I lived in Atlanta, I considered trying to buy it to make a home there. Several people told me I was crazy. I have fond memories of running down the hill trying to dodge Mr. Sutton.
10/11/2017 11:06:37 am
this is school that is history people sringville grandparents and mother daddy went to this school please make this a school for the people of springville alabama to visit
4/24/2020 11:29:28 am
I to went to this school when I live to that school for 1- year. My name was Diane Vaughn. I loved that school also. If fact I was there for about 6- mos. Then the moved us to the newer school then. You would think that the towns people would make it into a tourist payed attraction. And also there is a 2-story house on main street with a stained color window in the front door also. That house would be great restored and furnished with that time period furniture. And have framed information about the history of Springville .And over by the rail road there is railroad buildings there. There is more places in Springville that would bring in money.
2/10/2021 03:24:35 pm
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Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.