Architect Frank Welch Receives Lamplighter School Spirit Award

Architect Frank Welch Receives Lamplighter School Spirit Award


Erik Jonsson needs some acknowledgement too, because he was really the creator of the whole concept of Lamplighter. He uncovered land owners who were attending the Kindergarten school on Churchill Way and he wanted to expand the vision of the school. And, O’Neil Ford had been working on the Texas Instruments buildings and he was interviewed. And, he, I think he had never done a school before. But, he was hired. And, what I like about the school is it has never been duplicated. It is its own thing. And a major part of the Lamplighter spirit, is one the faculty. Two the children. And primarily, I guess, the parent support. It’s incredible support they have for the school. Pat Mattingly, a good friend of mine, was head of the school for 26 years, which is kind of hard to imagine, but she was. She was always supportive of what we were trying to do. What we were trying to do was do what O’Neal Ford had done, more or less. One thing we added was a library. And it seemed to me that it was symbolic of any institution that the library be a little unusual and different from the language of the rest of the school. So we decided on the Erik Jonnsson library with that in mind. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it big enough. They won’t tell you that I’m sure. But it’s still a pleasure. As a counter point, to balance the architecture of the complex. Along with that I heard when it was a Kindergarten on Churchill Way the founders had a barn and they had animals. That tradition continues to this day. And I think that’s just wonderful. You people have lots to be proud of. And I congratulate you for everything you’ve done and are going to do. I particularly want to thank you for this honor. It’s a great honor and I really appreciate it.


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