The Berea Little Red School House Foundation, Inc. is a
non-profit Corporation charged with restoring and maintaining the Berea District 7 School, on the National Register of Historic Places. The newly-installed Board of Trustees elected President-Ken McCarthy, Secretary-David Pusti, and Treasurer-James Slater to lead a new “Ring The Bell” campaign, an ambitious commitment to repair and preserve the aging structure and provide an expanded program of Arts education for the community.
The Schoolhouse, located on Bagley Road, is the eastern gateway to the City
of Berea. The red brick and Berea sandstone structure was built in 1913 for
primary and secondary school children. Our community outgrew the building
after only a decade and in 1935 it was purchased by the Berea Fine Arts Club.
During WWII it was used by the U.S.O. and U.S. War Bonds effort, and later
as a community theater, home for the Berea Jaycees, a meeting place for A.A.,
Red Cross blood drives, art and dance classes, and various civic, social and
The Foundation Board of twelve trustees, six of them new to the project, have
initiated a strategic plan with a list of priorities including restoring the bell
tower, building a wheel chair ramp, remodelling restrooms, and roof & window
repairs. “This is a unique historic building that deserves our attention.”,
says Gary Cole, a new trustee whose Great Uncle was involved with the original
construction of the building.
The mission of Berea Little Red School House Foundation is to preserve and restore the Berea District 7 Schoolhouse, an historical site and on the National Register of Historic Places, and to provide a facility in service to the community and perform other civic functions to improve our quality of life with emphasis on education in the arts.
Berea Little Red School House Foundation, Inc.
323 East Bagley Road
P.O. Box 124
Berea, OH 44017