The front doors of the Schoolhouse have a new artistic glow. Local stain glass artist and Schoolhouse Trustee, Gary Cole, created and installed a large stain glass window above the double entry doors. It is composed of representative artistic icons: books, ABC building blocks and an artist palette with our street address ’323’ to depict the mission of the School House Foundation— Arts & Education.
Gary’s involvement in the Schoolhouse has historic family lineage. John J. Baesel, Gary’s great-uncle and Berea’s 1st Mayor built the District 7 Schoolhouse, completed in 1913. The beautiful window is just the crown finale of the doorway his great-uncle crafted over 100 years ago! It appears that community service continues to run in the family here.
We thank Gary Cole for his generous and profound donation and for his continued support as Restoration Chairman at the Schoolhouse and hope the window’s glow continues to shine as a reminder of our mission for another century or so.
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