Photos from Charley Myers of brother Keith, Etta Riesner, and Dave Farina

From the basement of Quarry Elementary, we see Etta and Keith as Mrs. & Mr. Claus in the 1961 production of what was surely a gripping Christmas production. Just before the performance, Santa Keith had his picture taken with the elf-costumed Dave Farina.

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Long-lost Quarry Elementary School blueprint discovered in 2018!

Thanks to the very thoughtful Matt Newman, director of Sales and Services for School Facility Services in Waukesha, we now have floor plans of the otherwise-erased grade school of our memories: “The attached drawing was found in my blueprint file. It was identified only as Quarry School. Thought you may want a copy of it.”

Quarry School Floor Plan

Ground floor level.

Quarry School Basement

Basement level.

There appear to be no architectural drawings of the exterior, however, Mid-Century Modern architectural stylings from the era by Joseph L. Eichler (see examples below) help one re-imagine Quarry Elementary. (Do you see a resemblance in the low-slung roof line and exposed beams and posts?)

The school was a masterpiece of design, in my opinion; reflective of its era like very few schools; and it’s a tragedy it was destroyed rather than repurposed. — J.B.

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