Thursday, August 25, 2011

Treasure Village Montessori

This school was founded in 1998 and has, according to their website, gone from strength to strength claiming 30 staff And 190 students up to 8th grade. They have a rather startling sign by the side of the Overseas Highway.

Chuck pointed out to me that the school is housed in a fake castle, complete with a central keep and bars on the windows which looks completely at odds with a place of learning. There is however an explanation.

It seems the castle was built in 1950 to show off Art McKee's House of Sunken Treasure, a museum dedicated to artifacts found off the Keys in the Straits of Florida. For that reason the founders of the Montessori school decided to call it Treasure Village.

They say one can see both the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida from the top of the Keep, which oversees a central courtyard and two and a half acres of school grounds.

It's one of those oddities that crop up around here quite unexpectedly but that show a recycling spirit that anyone should emulate. Take an old funky showboat castle and turn it into a seat of learning. Just like that.

It all makes sense now.

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1 comment:

Singing to Jeffrey's Tune said...

Prior to it being a school and after it was a museum, it contained shops of different natures, but mostly art pieces.