John Marshall Redevelopment Honors Its History

You may have noticed that John Marshall High School has been secured with fencing, but you may not have noticed officials making sure significant pieces of the building are protected and preserved for the future this month, as the demolition company took jurisdiction of the property.

Jeff Henderson, architect with TDA Architecture who is designing the new John Marshall High School, pointed out items of interest in the existing John Marshall building that will removed, preserved and used in the new building such as stone medallions and cornices. Some items that will be saved will be used in a future public art project that BPDC is planning to coordinate.  Some items will be a part of the new building, too.  This building was designed by architect George M. Hopkinson in a streamlined neoclassical style and built in 1932.

Also on the walk through were members of the JMH Alumni Association, LAND Studio, local stone carver Giancarlo Calicchia, OHGR, and BPDC.

uncovered at John Marshall High School in the cafeteria

A close-up of a section of a mural uncovered in the cafeteria. It is an egg tempera painted by four John Marshall students in 1942, according to a 1963 article in the high school’s Interpreter newspaper. They were Roseanne Armstrong, Joseph Craig, Roy Hess and Elizabeth Sullens. Officials discovered it as the result of a tip by Mark Tekushan, JMH alumni and adjunct professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.


(Photos of the July 2012 survey for architecturally and historically significant pieces are available here and an article about a mural uncovered as the site was being prepared for demolition is here on

The demolition phase for the school, including asbestos abatement and demolition of the building will take place from July 2012 to March 2013. Construction will begin in April 2013 and classes will begin at the new John Marshall in August 2015.

Meanwhile, construction crews are in the process of putting the modular units on-site at Carl Shuler and doing other renovations at the school to prepare for the 10-12th graders who will begin there this August. as John Marshall’s redevelopment proceeds.

For reference:

Some of the drawings of plans for preservation: (North/South Elevations, East/West Elevations)

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