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Old Apr 16, 2012, 7:24 AM   #1
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But this building was very important when it was built. In 1912 Julius Rosenwald, a wealthy former president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, joined the Board of Directors of Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute. Washington asked Rosenwald to fund a series of rural schools for African Americans in the South, to improve their educational opportunities. Ultimately over 5,000 schools were built and known at the time as Rosenwald Schools. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has them near the top of their most endangered places list.

This one was the Poolesville (Maryland) Colored School, built in 1925 and used as a school until 1949. In a case of Adaptive Reuse it is now a county maintenance building. If you use your imagination and remove the shed-type structure in the front, and then extend the large windows all the way across, you have the original school. The tall windows you see, are original.





Probably the radio transmission tower wasn't there either.

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Which proves the old cliche, "They don't build 'em like that anymore." Nice shot.
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Which proves the old cliche, "They don't build 'em like that anymore."
You're right. Apparently there are several, around the South, that are still being used as schools. Amazing.

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Nice shot.
Thanks. I hadn't used the 11-22 in a while but it was definitely made for this type of photo. I didn't have to do any parallel line correction.

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Nice shot, nice history lesson. Will it be on the test..?

The history is what makes the shot, I enjoy this sort of photography Ted.

That 11-22 seems like the lens I should have for real estate. Nice straight lines without barreling. Rriley used it in Aus for his house shots. But then I'd have to sell a house this year to pay for it..
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Nice picture Ted and thank you for the history lesson about this building.
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Nice pictures and story Ted.
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The history is what makes the shot, I enjoy this sort of photography Ted.

That 11-22 seems like the lens I should have for real estate. Nice straight lines without barreling. Rriley used it in Aus for his house shots. But then I'd have to sell a house this year to pay for it..
I find it fun to come across an old, nondescript building and find out it housed something important. It's a doorway into history for me.

The 11-22 doesn't get a lot of attention because it's focal range isn't very long. But it's compact, reasonably fast (f/2.8 - 3.5), very well corrected, and has a small but devoted following. When I want to grab a camera bag with a kit that's small and light but covers a wide range, the Vario-Elmar 14-150mm and the 11-22 are perfect.

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