Jeff Jerome, CHAP
Public School No. 25
Bond St., S., Baltimore, Baltimore City
The Captain Henry Fleete School, #25, is a late Victorian brick structure with an imposing Romanesque tower. The T-shaped symmetrical building, just outside of the Fell’s Point Historic District, is six bays wide and much larger than the surrounding three-story rowhouses. The front façade is constructed of stretcher bond red brick. It is two stories high with a ground level basement and a central three-story tower capped by a pyramidal roof. Two entrance porches flank the two-bay-wide projecting tower. Cushion capitals on the entranceways display designs of books and scrolls. The capitals are surmounted by a stone lintel, a metal roof gutter, and a small parapet wall decorated with projecting brickwork. An ornamental metal cornice caps the entrance porches. The tower is defined by two rounded buttresses ending in pinnacles with ball finials. Two basement windows punctuate the tower façade. They are segmentally arched with triple header brick lintels and stone sills along a stone water table. The first and second story windows have single light transoms and stone lintels. They share a stone sill surmounting a row of header bricks. A large stone displaying "Primary School #25", surmounts the stone lintel. Over this is a semicircular window centrally positioned above a stone band course. A simple dentiled cornice divides the second and third stories. The third story is comprised of five semicircular windows divided by small classically styled pilasters with a shared stone sill and brick arched window hoods. Projecting brickwork and a simple metal cornice complete the tower walls. The large pyramidal slate roof and turreted pinnacles rise above the tower’s walls. The building walls flanking the tower are two bays wide and two stories high. Two basement windows punctuating each building wall are styled in the same fashion as the tower basement windows. The first story windows have 1/1 sash with single-light transoms. They are flat-arched with a stone lintel. Rectangular recessed brick panels decorate the building walls between the first and second story windows. The second story 1/1 flat-arched windows surmount a stone band course. A parapet wall with decorative brick recessed panels rises above a dentiled metal cornice. The parapet walls are capped with a metal cap painted white.
This school is significant for its Victorian styling and imposing Romanesque tower. The detailing of the building, including the large central arch, smaller fourth-story arches, ornamental cornice over the entrances, and capitals with a book and scroll design, is excellent for a school building of its era. The school provided education to the ethnically mixed Fell’s Point community for nearly 75 years.