If you’ve driven around the downtown triangle in Franklin over the last few days, you’ve certainly seen the building being demolished at the corner of Emmons and West Central Streets. But did you know it used to look like this?
In the late 1800s, this was built as the Horace Mann High School, and it educated generations of Franklin students until 1924. In 1938, its distinctive look was changed with the removal of the top floor and turret, but it continued to serve the Town as an elementary school, then the Municipal Building, and most recently as the home of the Recreation Department.
We’ll miss the grand old building, but once its replacement is complete, its legacy will be honored with a life-size statue of Horace Mann, to make the gateway to Downtown Franklin complete.
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