Thayer Ewing Shelton's school

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Our Daily .* Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburh Ford-Type School Building May Replace 'Cadillacs' Here's an all-Arkansas story from the State Publicity & triforma- ti(jj(j Department which is making headlines across the nation: ,.. ., . . , ., ,. the Me' school because it supphes a hicher nercentaee of "usable" light i It would Hie an ironic thing if Arkansas, Arkansas, second from the bottorr ,,among states educationally, should come up with the answer to the] nation's school-room shortage. But it looks as if that is exactly what is going to happen — and all because an Arkansas architect decided that people were buying Cadillac type schools when Ford tyjUi buildings suited their purse and their purpose better. This Arkansas architect, T. Ewing Shelton, a burly, cigar chomping Fayetteville dynamo has been so successful in cropping the |,, doo-dads and gingerbread o£f the Little Red schoolhouse that he has lowered the price of his buildings to as little as $5.46 a square foot — 60 percent less than the.national average. we calls his creation the "Maxim- higher percentage of "usable" light - to its occupants than other school houses. Since the construction of his first one Arkansas, he boards from Saskatchewan, at Eureka Springs, has had schools as far Canada, away come as to look his buildings over. Other such groups have come to look from Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, . Missouri ari^ Oklahoma. Today thero. . are Maximlite schools completed or under con-j struction, in- all these states.. plus, Tehnessee, Pennsylvania,- NewL Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. The smallest Is a two room school near Haines, Arkansas', the largest, now under construction, is one near St Louis which is designed to accommodate 750 pupils. 'i$hd the average cost of the 19 schools has ranged all the way from an amazing $8.79 "per square foot to an even more amazing $5.46 per square foot. All this, 'while the average architect's design is costing costing between 10 and .15 dollars for the same space. Little wonder school boards plagued with lowered revenue, integration problems, and a 341,000 341,000 'room shortage in the nation's snjjools, are trekking from all points oPthe compass to see Shelton's Maximlite;,^shoals in 'opera't'lpiv His schools' with the bee-hive apearance are ,,< attractively con- temporary, yet "with hono';af the deadly uniformity , that has made much of modern architecture unpoplar. Actually his design adjustable to a score of variations, Architect Shelton has incorporated production yne methods, which! coupled with standardization of ( obtain components and a ruthless blue-penciling of folderol. is the fanciness and secret of the economy of the Maximlite design. "Cluster planning", is an' important important ingredient in Shelton's Maxim- lite formula also. This idea, based on the grouping of five sided class rooms clustered around a central hall, eliminates high-priced, use4 less corridors. Each cluster, wlthj its own outside entrance can bs grouped by grades. And, when the. tiftie comes for expansion, new groups of clusters can be very simply built. Maximlite school construction is based on sound concepts. In addition, throughout educational their one story construction makes them safe and they are 100% schools because the entire building is given over to education with no space wasted on corridors, stair-wells or basements, <|Iaximlite schools have the fab characteristic of speedy instruction and extreme low cost — yet, with the tailor made qualities school boards demand. And while Maximlite's low price is its greatest selling point, it also proved to be a drawback cuau j/ivYv-v* *" wv. M yti 14 vr wuvtt "" times. Hundreds of viewers, upon' seeing the high-grade materials> list have been unable to believei that the school could b« built at suggested by Shelton 1 he points out that Maxim- lite's design features are aimed saving money on labor, the largest cost item in any construction job, without sacrificing quality •materials. ; Thayer Shelton used to resent hearing his schools described -beehives, but with architects in states acting as agent for his patented Maximlite design and million dollars worth of schools tljl ! planning board, the Fayetteville architect grins and suggests that there is plenty of sugar in some beehives. And being an Arkansan. born and bred, he can't help -feeling -feeling proud of the fact that these are Arkansas beehives. '!'.. » r :

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