Doane Stuart moves across Hudson River
Private school took over former Van Rensselaer Elementary building
By SCOTT WALDMAN, Staff writer
First published in print: Thursday, September 17, 2009
On Wednesday, the building sparkled with new coats of paint next to historic tilework rarely seen in modern buildings.
The new Doane Stuart includes a cafeteria with skylights and a slate wall made out of recycled blackboards. An auditorium was converted into an interfaith chapel with art deco plaster details throughout. Placed around the school are the remnants of its lengthy history including a grandfather clock from 1901 and a bookcase from 1870.
Liam Lynch, 12, has been at Doane Stuart most of his life. He said he knew how to get around the old building since he was 4 years old and was not used to being lost on the first day of class. Still, the seventh-grader said he's excited that the school finally has a place where it can operate for a long time.
"We'll get used to it," Lynch said. "I'm sure everyone will be at home."
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