Categories of Special Interest
Architectural Social Technical
1880 - 1890
Detached six-bay single-storey former National School, built 1886, on a T-plan. Used as a Scout Hut from 1977, currently unoccupied. Smooth rendered walls with painted brick dressings to openings. Two gables to the front housing the centre four bays of half-boarded fixed pane windows. Cross motif at gable apex with a boarded-up oculus below. Stone plaque (illegible inscription) resting on stone corbels below. Timber tongue and groove doors to flanking bays. Windows set in gables to north-east and south-west blocked with breeze-block. Pitched slate roof with repairs in artificial slate. Small lean-to extension to rere. Limestone rubble wall with rubble coping and red brick gate piers to street front.
This former National School is a well-executed design and once stood as a socially important building to the people of Rathcoole. The gables to the front elevation and the flanking doors give it a handsome symmetry. It is a fine building and a welcome addition to the streetscape at this end of the town, complemented by the house to the south-west.