The former Lemoyne High School, later converted to the Lemoyne Middle School, was constructed in 1925 and was a landmark amidst later commercial development along Market Street in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. The Lemoyne Middle School closed in 2013 and remained vacant up until the fall of 2022 when the building reopened as a multi-family living space known as Schoolhouse Flats.
The Mowery team had the remarkable opportunity to be a part of this project and played a critical role in transforming the historic middle school into 35 apartments. The space offers a variety of living options including studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units ranging from 670 to 1,300+ SF each. Every apartment features stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry, quartz counters, and herringbone flooring. In addition to the multi-family, residential living units, the building is home to commercial spaces which are available for lease, including the 1,400 SF former woodshop, 7,000 SF gymnasium, and 10,000 SF auditorium. All tenants have access to amenities like on-site parking, bike storage, a fitness center, library, lounge with a TV, wet bar, and a courtyard with seating, firepits, and lawn games. Plans are in place to enhance the courtyard with an outdoor pavilion and grills in the spring of 2023.
Mowery was committed to paying tribute to the building’s history and preserving certain elements throughout construction, including the building’s façade which has Italianate and Romanesque features with an abundant amount of corbelled patterned brickwork as a major design element. The designer of the façade was renowned architect, Clayton J. Lappley, who designed many notable buildings in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mowery also preserved the interior corridors, structural supports and all original window openings throughout the building, which provide for abundant natural daylight in all living areas. Additional historic elements that remained in place include some of the original lockers and restored terrazzo floors.
To get a behind-the-scenes look at construction, check out the video below: