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Preston L. Chase School
Formerly Beach School, Shirley Street School
(Converted)








The Point Shirley Street School was built in 1892 to accomdate a growing population of families in the Cottage Hill and Beach areas of town.

   "Its a handsome structure, two stories high, with a frontage of 63 feet 6 inches on Shirley st., with sides fronting on Ocean av. and Irwin st. of 53 feet six inches. The arrangement of rooms are such as to admit of sunlight from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
   It contains four rooms, the dimensions of which are 24 by 37, 12 feet six inches high, with teachers' rooms on the side, sample cloak room facilities and lavaratories of the most modern design.
   The heating apparatus is isolated from the main structure by brick walls , and in case of fire the stairways are so arranged that they will allow of ample escape for pupils.
   The interior finish is of the finest, and the whole structure has been built under the supervision of Mr. E. K. Tewskbury.
   It is a model schoolhouse, and was built from plans submitted by Mr. Willard M. Bacon."
- Newspaper article

It was enlarged in 1910, and then four additional classrooms were added in 1921.

"Two of the recently built school rooms in the Shirley street school are now being used. The other two have not been finished as yet, as they are not needed at present, but have been built in accordance with the school committee's policy of keeping abreast of the population. 'The rooms are equipped in every necessary particular and include electrical lighting,' said Principal P. L. Chase to Sun representatives."
- Winthrop Sun, March 3, 1921

The school was later named for Principal Chase. In 1936 the school was rebuilt and enlarged using the two brick wings added during the 1921 renovation. It is now condominiums.

Location: On Shirley Street between Ocean Ave. and Irwin St.

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