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April 24, 2009

<font color="red">Still beam-ing with pride</font>

Old school with unique auditorium part of tour

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This rock building is now a museum dedicated to the preservation of the history of the city.

• The Lillian Peak Home Economics Building, also on the high school campus, is listed as the first, separate building of its kind in the state of Texas. The home economics building resulted from an interest of the State of Texas to build a new home economics building in 1933, according to Teddlie. The building was opened for use on Feb. 21, 1934 and had visitors from around the state and nation viewing the one-of-a-kind facility.

“Lillian Peek was the state supervisor and she chose the site in Mineral Wells,” said Teddlie, who added that originally the district planned to include this in the remodeling of an existing elementary school. “But plans were changed and a cottage with a home atmosphere was built.”

The building consisted of a reception hall, living/dining room, bedroom, bath and a foods and clothing laboratory. The Depression delayed the plans, but with the help of WPA workers – who worked one day for pay and one day free – the building was completed, Teddlie said. The cornerstone was laid by the Freemasons and reads A.F. and A.M. Grand Lodge of Texas 1933.

Since 1996, the Mineral Wells Art Association has used the building for meetings, classes and to display their artwork.

• A 1937 WPA-built outdoor amphitheater was made using rocks from the Ward School, which burned leaving behind only the rocks. A THC advisor visiting last summer called this is one of few WPA outdoor amphitheaters built on a school campus.

“The amphitheater has been used by school groups and by local city groups for entertainment purposes and is an unusual structure to have built by the WPA on a school campus and on the slope of a large hill in the city,” said Teddlie.

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