Port Orange School

Port Orange School Photo by  Jack Carpenter 2005

Port Orange School Building
402 Dunlawton Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida
In 1924 Architect Wm. J. Carpenter AIA was commisioned by the Volusia County School Board to design a new school for the Port Orange, Florida area.
Bids for the construction of the school were opened on November 6 and the contract for construction awarded to Donald F. Douglas, Sr. ( Mr. Douglas was the grandfather of Taylor Douglas, recently Sheriff of Putnam County, Florida). It was opened to students the following year.

The school is still in use today as Port Orange Elementary, servng upwards of 400 students. It has gone through several modifications and updates including a complete “chilled water” air conditioning system about 2005.

Auditorium  Jack Carpenter 2005

Jack Carpenter 2005

Main Entrance Portico "The Odyssey of an American School System"

Main Entrance Portico
“The Odyssey of an American School System”

At one time in recent years it was thought that this building would be torn down when the newer schools in the area were built. But faculty and parents persuaded the school boaard to keep the school open. In 1998 the school was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as being in the Dunlawton Avaenue HIstoric District in the Port Orange area of Daytona Beach. The architectural design by Wm. J. Carpenter and the construction by Donald F. Douglas was recognized as having period historic significance.

Port Orange Nat Reg0001

Some background for this article came from “The Odyssey of an American School System” and the Volusia County School Archives in DeLand.


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