The Woodstock Academy classroom building, built in 1873, is the oldest remaining building on the academy's campus.
Ariel view of the academy showing the layout of the campus with the classroom building in the center.
Backstory and Context
The school was inefficiently run for about 40 years until Henry C. Bowen, a New York City dry-goods merchant originally from Woodstock, acquired the academy in 1843 and began to modernize it. The modernization process included building a residence hall for students.
After the Civil War, plans began to develop to further improve the academy and the sale of the old building was discussed by patrons and construction of a completely new academy building, including new residence halls, at a different location began. Unfortunately a fire destroyed the academy's boarding house in 1907 and following economic depressions caused the academy's funds to be severely constrained. Nevertheless, the academy survived and began construction of an Agriculture Building in 1939.
The expansion of the Woodstock Academy continues to this day, with construction of student recreation facilities, student living quarters, and much more. For their bicentennial celebration a new classroom building was built for the increasing numbers of students attending the academy.
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