Moore Street School Foundation

The Moore Street School Foundation would like to welcome and thank you for taking a few moments to experience the restoration journey of Moore Street School.  The Moore Street School Foundation, a 501 C 3 organization, started March 2021 with the mission to rehab and preserve Moore Street School that was built in 1887. 


This sixteen-classroom, two-story brick school was built by City engineer Lt. Col. W. E. Cutshaw provided the educational needs for African-American children of Richmond and is said to be the only one retaining much of the original "interior and exterior character," and has been described as one of the best examples of this period still publicly owned. 


Moore Street School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Since the Moore Street School has been vacant and underutilized for over two decades, it is paramount that mitigation efforts be implemented to prevent further decay and physical deterioration.


The Mission of our foundation is as follows:

 

To rehabilitate, repurpose and preserve decaying Moore Street School into a performing arts training for all ages as well as create an event and meeting place.


To give the community a focal point it will respect, admire and utilize. To generate community support and attract interest, endorsement and participation.


Moore Street School Foundation

The Moore Street School Foundation would like to welcome and thank you for taking a few moments to experience the restoration journey of Moore Street School.  The Moore Street School Foundation, a 501 C 3 organization, started March 2021 with the mission to rehab and preserve Moore Street School that was built in 1887. 


This sixteen-classroom, two-story brick school was built by City engineer Lt. Col. W. E. Cutshaw provided the educational needs for African-American children of Richmond and is said to be the only one retaining much of the original "interior and exterior character," and has been described as one of the best examples of this period still publicly owned. 


Moore Street School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Since the Moore Street School has been vacant and underutilized for over two decades, it is paramount that mitigation efforts be implemented to prevent further decay and physical deterioration.


The Mission of our foundation is as follows:

 

To rehabilitate, repurpose and preserve decaying Moore Street School into a performing arts training for all ages as well as create an event and meeting place.


To give the community a focal point it will respect, admire and utilize. To generate community support and attract interest, endorsement and participation.


 

Acquisition

Carver Elementary School and Moore Street School are currently recorded as one property consisting of (4) separate property addresses. The buildings share utility services including electricity, water and gas. The Moore Street School Foundation recommends that a new property line be established that allows for the separation of Moore Street School from Carver Elementary.

Timely action is paramount in that the building is decaying quickly, and the further the decay the more the cost to renovate thereby reducing its appeal even more. For these reasons, it is recommended that the City sell the Moore Street School Building and property to The Moore Street School Foundation.

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stabilization

The Moore Street School, totaling 21,600 gross square feet, can be reused in its entirety through comprehensive renovations and improvements. The building is currently unoccupied and unused, and although minimally maintained, it is deteriorating due to water infiltration and temperature changes and moisture associated with an unconditioned building.

If the building is to be reuşed, we recommend that immediate provisions be made to repair the roof, associated built-in gutter and any other elements which are allowing water into the building. In addition we recommend that the interior doors be kept in an open position and that fans are provided to allow for air movement; a dehumidifier in the basement level would also be beneficial.

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Preservation

The Moore Street façade and Harrison Street elevations are primary, however, the DHR and NPS reviewers will closely review any proposed changes to the building's exterior. Changes to masonry openings should be minimized. The proposed new west entry is likely to be approved with the current strategy of separating the new porch, ramp and stairs from the historic masonry wall.

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Time to act now!

I would like to ask for your support by donating to the Moore Street School Foundation. Your donation will support the Foundation’s goal of raising 50,000 dollars which Historic Richmond has agreed to match.

The Moore Street School Foundation is a registered 501 C3 foundation

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Moore Street School Foundation

P.O.Box 25305

Richmond, VA 23260

info@moorestreetschool.org