The Future Palaces of America.

1869 essay by Native of Toledo, Ohio, F.J. Scott, son of wealthy Jesup W. Scott

Native of Toledo, Ohio, F.J. Scott was the son of wealthy Jesup W. Scott who donated funds to establish in Toledo, Ohio the Toledo Manual Training School, to be controlled by Toledo University. F.J. Scott became involved with this bequest:

By a subsequent amendatory deed to said Toledo University of Art and Trades, Jesup W. Scott and his wife released the Trustees from some of the conditions imposed in the first deed, so the the trust fund might be used to advance education in the arts and trades in connection with any municipal or State fund or system of public education. This change was made at the earnest solicitation of his son, Frank. J. Scott, who had long been impressed with the importance of grounding all educational work on the broad basis of the free public school system. In 1868, Mr. F. J. Scott published in the Radical Review, of Boston, an original and suggestive essay entitled “The Future Palaces of America,” in which the possibilities of the free public and educational system of the United States, if carried to its legitimate extent, were eloquently presented…. (pp405–406)

Scott has a rather compelling way of describing American schools pre-1869; and his interest, in part, is in the architecture as much as the education:

[Y]et but a few years have passed since our bald and dingy little school-houses stood beside our comely churches in the shabby garb of poor relations. Boys used to leave them as if they were crawling out of a hole; shaking the dust from their feet and their minds, as though the great world outside were filled with purer air and better employments. Now rooms that we call noble, only in contrast with the meanness of those our boyhood saw ... massive piles of educational buildings that dominate churches, court-houses, and council-rooms in some of our smaller cities,—begin, merely begin, to glorify education, and to attract the eye, and to win the heart to the love of knowledge through the beauty of its surroundings ... Floors which must not be soiled; benches which must not be cut… (p3)

A scarce 1869 offprint in its original printed and titled wrappers.

Description: The Future Palaces of America.

Boston: Reprinted from The Radical for April, 1869. First and sole separate edition. 8vo, [1, title-page], [1, (blank)], [1]–9, [10 (advert. for The Radical)]pp. Original glazed and coated wrappers. Wraps slightly chipped, single vertical crease, likely from mailing.


OCLC, 7; none returned for Ohio.

Price: $40.00

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