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7. Original o% ner (ii known) Lexington Academy_ <br /> Original use Secondary School <br /> Subsequent uses (if any) and dates 1839-1844 First Normal School in Nation <br /> 8. Themes (check as many as applicable) <br /> Aboriginal Conservation Recreation <br /> Agricultural Education x Religion x <br /> Architectural x Exploration/ Science/ <br /> The Arts settlement invention <br /> Commerce Industry Social/ <br /> Communication Military Humanitarian <br /> Community development Political Transportation <br /> 9. Historical Significance (include explanation of themes checked above) <br /> 1839-1844. Building housed first normal school or teacher's college in nation. <br /> Horace Mann had persuaded Mass. State legislature to establish the institution. <br /> Abolitionist Rev. Samuel J. May was principal of school in 1842. <br /> Occupied by nearly formed Hancock Church Society (Congregational) from 1868 until <br /> contruction of present building on Mass. Ave. (Form B-15)in 1892. <br /> Bought by Simon W. Robinson Lodge, 1913. <br /> Descrip. cont. Granite foundation on main block, stone on additions to rear. Hip roof. <br /> Col. Rev. porch on N.W. side entrance. (Pictures: Lexington Library-building as <br /> Congregational Church w. spire SPNEA - Lex. unmounted files - building as "Memorial Hall" <br /> no date - style - Queen Anne shingle. <br /> Historical significance <br /> Banner weathervane may be original to the building. Original drawing of <br /> Lexington Normal School (1839) in the collection of the Lexington Historical <br /> Society. Also, photographs 1880s and 1890s. <br /> S. Lawrence Whipple, 1984 <br /> 10. Bibliography and/or references (such as local histories, deeds, assessor's records, <br /> early maps, etc.) <br /> Worthen, Edward. A Calendar History of Lexington - p-54, p. 61, p. 63 <br /> p. 72, p. 91 <br /> Proceedings of the Lexington Historical Society. Vol.l <br />