Springville School, Cambridge Township, Lenawee County, Michigan

Location: 42.02870, -84.16138, at 8507 M-50, near Onsted, MI.

Springville School (Cambridge District No 1) was built in 1882 as a red-brick schoolhouse on a fieldstone foundation. It was used recently as a craft shop, but with newspapers in the windows today, in 2017. No bell tower remains, though one shows in this undated photograph. The schoolhouse was originally a rectangular structure on a fieldstone foundation with 3 large arched windows on each side, however the back half of one side has been covered by a long wood-frame addition making the total building L-shaped and covering one-and-a-half of the windows. The brickwork arches over the side windows are a single non-projecting row of bricks cut in half, pointing toward a spot near the center of the window. The front brickwork is more imaginative. Above the two windows are 3 half-circles of progressively projecting nearly-black bricks laid on-edge, on-edge, then on-edge turned 90 degrees. The same pattern is used in a larger half-circle above the front door, except it has a keystone at the top with the school identification sign, "District No 1, 1882". Enclosing the entire front face of the building is a larger nearly-black brick arch of 4 half-circles of projecting bricks. When that arch reaches the top of the windows and door, it turns into red brick which progresses as a straight column to the foundation. Bricks painted white form the "Springville" sign just inside the outer arch, and surrounding the doorway, making for some impactful decoration of this schoolhouse.

    
Springville School, District No 1, 1882, at 8507 M-50, opposite Bryan Highway, near Onsted, Michigan. Used recently as a craft shop, but with newspapers in the windows today.
    
Springville School, District No 1, 1882, at 8507 M-50, opposite Bryan Highway, near Onsted, Michigan. Used recently as a craft shop, but with newspapers in the windows today.
    
Springville School, District No 1, 1882, at 8507 M-50, opposite Bryan Highway, near Onsted, Michigan. Used recently as a craft shop, but with newspapers in the windows today.
    
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