OBSPS

Progress Report




— DECEMBER, 2021 —

Restoration work at Olive Branch High School continues. On December 14, 2021 the crew from Blind Eye Restoration of Columbus returned to Olive Branch and removed the double front entry doors, transom and two windows for restoration. As with their work in the SE classroom, upon completion, the doors and windows will be brought back for re-installation in a few months. Funding in part is from The Turner Foundation as well as donations from individuals and alumni groups.                                                                                                             Photos by OBSPS Chair Jim Leathley

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— NOVEMBER, 2020 —

The crew from Blind Eye Restoration of Columbus completed the restoration of the outside entry door and windows from the SE classroom, and returned to re-install them on November 12, 2020. They look as good as they did in 1914, with only minor changes (a few broken panes of glass had to be replaced)! Note: The drop ceiling in that room had been removed previously. As noted, funding in part came from grants from The Turner Foundation, the Ohio National Road Association and individual donations.                   Photos by OBSPS Chair Jim Leathley

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Southeast classroom outside entry door before (left) and after restoration (right).
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Southeast classroom windows before (left) and after restoration (right).
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Left: southeast classroom showing dropped ceiling.

Right: shows dropped ceiling removed.
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— AUGUST, 2020 —

As part of the ongoing restoration at Olive Branch High School, a crew from Blind Eye Restoration (Lindsay, Morgan and Nicole) came from Columbus on August 3, 2020 to remove the windows and outside door from the SE classroom. They will be restored and re-installed in the coming weeks = progress! Funding in part came from grants from The Turner Foundation and the Ohio National Road Association.                                                            Photos by OBSPS Chair Jim Leathley

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— OCTOBER, 2019 —

Windows
Check out photos from the unveiling event here




— JANUARY, 2019 —

WindowsHere´s an UPDATE and a chance to DONATE! We made progress in 2018 on the southeast classroom restoration project at the historic Olive Branch School. The drop ceiling and florescent lighting have been removed; tile floor was scraped up; and the extra trim and bookshelves that were added over the years have also been removed. Exciting news - we discovered the old oak floor is beautiful! We have pictures of the changes posted below. Our next step in this SE classroom project is to have the windows repaired, glass replaced and the southeast (outside) door replaced. As you can see in this picture (above), the windows in the classrooms are quite large and this particular room has 2 walls of windows. We have contacted two companies and are still awaiting estimates for the windows. We anticipate this will not be inexpensive. However, taking care of the windows and the outside door will protect future improvements we make during the classroom remodel. You can help by donating today!



— JANUARY, 2019 —

We are continuing our 3-year pledge FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN to help offset the cost of the SE classroom window/door project (see previous post). If you were kind enough to have made a donation in 2017, a 2018 year payment would be your second year, and your 2019 donation will be your third year. If you have not donated before, but would like to contribute to this specific fundraiser, you may start now (as the first of a three year pledge) or as a one-time donation. Note your preference and send your check (payable to OBSPS) to 9760 W. National Road New Carlisle, OH 45344. Or use our convenient online PayPal option via this website. Thank you for your support of our "little round school!"



— JULY, 2018 —

We've started work on a complete restoration of one of the Olive Branch School classrooms. Here are some photos from two recent volunteer work days.

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Check out this awesome drone footage of the uniquely designed Olive Branch School. This video was made in preparation for much needed structural repairs and new roof installation, completed in the fall of 2015.



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We are currently working on a complete restoration of one of the classrooms, and have begun work on the building's front entry doors and windows. Check out photos and videos of our progress so far.

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OBSPS has now partnered with the Springfield Foundation to create the Olive Branch School Preservation Horizon Fund. To discuss a memorial, honorary or future legacy donation to this Fund, contact the Springfield Foundation at (937) 324-8773
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