It only takes one moment to create a lifetime memory. Now imagine the number of memories that can be created during the span of 100 years. 2011 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Candler Street School building. Although many of the names and faces of all those they have entered her front door have moved on, the memories created within those timeless walls can stretch a north Georgia mile.
Built in 1911, the building was constructed to serve as an elementary school for the city of Gainesville. The area around the school was predominately residential during this time and children would walk from near and far to attend the elementary school. A child living on Forest Avenue may meet up with a friend coming from North Avenue and conclude their walk to school together. A girl living on North Avenue may have looked forward to catching up with her school crush coming from Green Street. Story has it one student was asked to start walking or riding his bike to school like the rest of the children because the horse he was riding on to school was causing too much a fuss. Fiddlesticks!
In 1982, the Candler Street School building was reopened and currently serves as the office of BatesCarter. Strolling through hallways today, you can’t help but think of the all times Principal Mary Self Squires may have peaked in on some of the classes during the late 1940’s. Or what Principal Frances Miller Haynes had to say about the construction of Lake Lanier in 1957. This is just a glimpse into the history of a building that many consider to be the cornerstone of Gainesville, Georgia.
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100 years – A lifetime of Memories.