Martin Luther King, Jr. School
Originally constructed as the first Thomas Snell Weaver High School, the facility currently known as Martin Luther King, Jr. School (MLK), located at 25 Ridgefield Street, Hartford, CT, will be transformed into a Middle School/Magnet School campus supporting students in Hartford’s North End neighborhood. To meet that goal, the facility will be entirely reimagined and will be renovated to as-new condition.
Designated as an historic structure by Hartford’s Court of Common Council, the facility has both architectural features and programmatic elements which are worthy of preservation and revitalization. Among them are the brick and stone facade and auditorium with balcony. Although portions of the facility are functionally obsolete, the building will be carefully evaluated and reconstructed to meet twenty first century teaching and learning expectations and programmatic needs. Partial demolition and the construction of replacement space is anticipated.
The project will provide a Middle School space for 400 students in grades 6 through 8 from several North End elementary schools. The campus will also provide a new location for the program known as the Breakthrough North Inter-district Magnet School and will accommodate 400 students. A multi-phased unoccupied renovation is planned.
City of Hartford Board of Education Hartford, CT