CHARLES B. LORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
4th Street & Woodlawn Avenue


Lore School Building, 2008

The now 76 year old Charles B. Lore Elementary School was closed for almost five years when, in 1986, the building was purchased with plans to renovate it into a 63 room apartment complex for people 62 and older. The school building, constructed in 1932 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, became The Lorelton.

The interior was completely redesigned and upgraded to meet the then current standards. The auditorium floor was leveled and turned into a dining area while the stage was made into the kitchen. The two gymnasium areas were divided into two floors for apartments.

When the school was open, there was a greenhouse just off of the Science Room. Also, there was a small gym-type room in the basement level and a playground was located in the rear. The publicity brochure for the apartments mentioned that there is a greenhouse and a garden in the rear.

When I attended the school in the mid-40s to 1952, it was always considered an honor to be promoted to what was then called "The Tower Room". I was promoted to the Tower Room for my fifth grade, but after two months, my parents moved to the Elsmere area. The existence of The Tower Room is not known at this time. The school name remains engraved in the stone above the main entrance.

I want to thank Mr. Ken Carson, Executive Director of The Lorelton, for providing me with the following photographs.

Main Entrance before renovation, 1987

Main Entrance before renovation, 1987

School Library, 1932

School Gymnasium before renovation, 1987

School Gymnasium before renovation, 1987

Crafts Class, 1937

Crafts Class, 1937

Student in Christmas play, 1934

Students in Christmas play, 1934

"Easter Bonnets" in school auditorium, 1933

"Easter Bonnets" in school auditorium, 1933

Cast of a school play, 1932

Cast of a school play, 1932

Cast of a school play, 1933

Cast of a school play, 1933

Cast of a school play, 1933

Cast of a school play, 1933

Cast of a school play, 1934

Cast of a school play, 1934

Children's Orchestra, 1934

Children's Orchestra, 1934

Orchestra and cast of school play, 1932

Orchestra and cast of school play, 1932

Rear of school building, 3rd Street & Woodlawn Avenue

Rear of school building, 3rd Street & Woodlawn Avenue


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Created: July 31, 2008
Revised: September 24, 2011