Ruston, Louisiana Art Deco High School

ruston-high-school-black-and-white.jpgThe Ruston High School was described, rightfully so, as “an Art Deco gem” (Leighninger, 2007, p. 78).  The National Register of Historic Places nomination form describes is as “among the very best” Art Deco designs in the 40 Louisiana buildings constructed in the style.

…dramatic boldly vertical, faceted tower, rising a story above the main roofline.

Bas relief sculptural panels…what looks like a thin chimney is actually a decorative element…vertical reeded brick panels above [auditorium windows] …limestone panels with geometric figures below.

The original building as constructed in 1939 using federal funds under the New Deal Administration included the center core and the auditorium wing.  The library/gym wing was added in 1968, with the identical brick and similar geometric designs, however, it is lacking in the detail of the original auditorium wing.

The interior retains the geometric details in the terrazzo floor, Art Deco chandeliers, and other decorative elements.  According to the Alumni School History,

The spacious new $940,000 building was one of the first in the nation to incorporate color, and was planned with thirteen color harmonies in the classrooms and foyer.

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