The new Paul S. Moon school building, the first to be completed in the progressive plan of development of the Muskegon board of education, which has been officially inspected by the members of the board and superintendent, will undoubtedly be accepted at the next regular meeting. It was designed and the construction supervised by H.H. Turner, Grand Rapids architect, who is rated probably second to no one among school architects of the country.
This modern building provides enriched school and community facilities for the district - in which the designer, with the cooperation of the members of the board of education and superintendent of schools, have striven for the ideal solution of the elementary grade school problem.
A domestic quality expressing an intimate and homelike relation in the school life of the child is secured in the simple adaptation of the Tudor Gothic style of architecture, using a rough texture brick in mingled shades of rich browns and reds, large rough texture gray mortar joints and trimmed with variegated Indian lime cut stone, creating a distinct impression of the fitness of design to the function of the school, which is to influence the forming mind of the child.
The new building is located on an ample site secured by the board of education in the Fairview district facing Acorn Street, set back from the street approximately 60 feet. The building is 175 feet in length and 66 feet wide in its main dimensions, exclusive of the boiler room, janitor's room and coal bunkers, which are located outside of the school building proper.
Three main entrances are provided; these entrances give direct access to the ground floor without the necessity of climbing stairways to reach the kindergarten and the quarters planned for the community facilities, and gives access to the two main stairways located at each end of the corridor, connecting the first and second floors.
Two separate exits leading directly to the grade also are provided for the social center room and gymnasium so that these facilities, as well as the branch library, can be used evenings without opening up any other portion of the building.
Classroom accommodations provided are: Four class rooms, each 24-by-32-feet, affording accommodation for a maximum of 48 pupils each; four classrooms each 21-by-32-feet long, affording accommodation for a maximum of 40 pupils each; an ungraded room 24-by-24-feet, affording accommodation for a maximum of 25 pupils; a kindergarten department 24-by-56-feet long, with separate toilet facilities affording accommodations for a maximum of 60 pupils. This department is appointed with a fireplace and attractive wall seats.