Riverview Seabreeze School Daytona

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Located at the corner of Riverview & North Wild Olive Avenues this building has played an important part in the education of thousands of Daytona Beach, Florida  students since it was designed by Wm. J. Carpenter AIA of the Carpenter & Bent architectural firm .

It has served a variety of students . Originally known as NORTH SEABREEZE ELEMENTARY, during its history it has also been called RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY and RIVERVIEW LEARNING CENTER

Designed in 1926, construction was completed in the same year by contractor Donald Douglas, who had also collaborated with Mr. Carpenter on the Dunlawton Avenue School two years earlier. It was one of the last schools constructed before the end of the Florida Boom and the curtailment of school building during the Great Depression.

The turret like protrusions on each end of the building served a unique structural function of housing the gently sloping ramps between the first and second floors.  The theory that the ramps would facilitate the movement of the students must have worked, because they were retained during a 1947 renovation and are still being used today.

Riverview Douglas0001

 During the design, before the days of air conditioning special attention was given to the environmental problems.  There were large double hung windows on the outside of all classrooms which provided cross ventilation through interior transom windows which opened into the interior hallways. The additional fixed 3-light windows over all the outside windows provided extra daylight. Central air and heating has been added in recent years.

During a tour of the building several years ago a copy of the current floor plan was furnished to me and I have indicated on it as well as I could the original floor plan.  The 1947 renovation added a two-story wing, including a cafeteria, additional classrooms, and a larger auditorium.

Riverview School First Floor Plan

Riverview School First Floor Plan

Riverview School Second Floor Plan

Riverview School
Second Floor Plan

Early Riverview School Photo from Halifax Museum et al

Early Riverview School
Photo from Halifax Museum et al

The original stucco –on-block was a dark color as seen in some of the photos and gave the building the appearance of a massive fortress.  At some point in time the color was changed to a lighter color more in keeping with the other Volusia County Schools.

Riverview School Main Entrance Photo by Jack Carpenter

Riverview School Main Entrance
Photo by Jack Carpenter

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