interpretations of this building always require historic preservation. Our goal
Also located on the square is a
look lively and happy.
is to raise awareness to the valuable
Romanesque style church built of
architecture surrounding us.
brick in 1871. The Romans are known Covered Bridges
for arches and this church has an
Our architectural survey would not
Connie McClure is an art teacher at Rock-
abundance of them. A large painted
be complete without examples of cov- ville Elementary School in Rockville,
glass window graces the center bay.
ered bridges. Early in the nineteenth
True to the period, the ceiling inside
century when others were turning to
is made of solid
the use of iron for
Students demonstrate how history,
hardwood. Not far
The first step to
bridges, our builders culture, and the visual arts can influ-
away is another
were still producing ence each other in making and study- preservation is getting
church whose tall
the single and dou-
ing works of art.
towers were built
people to notice how
ble-span burr arch
with the alternating bridges made with special the buildings are.
high and low seg-
ments like the battlements of a castle. from native timbers. The roofs were
This structure provides the opportu-
covered with wooden shingles to pro-
nity to discuss the medieval period
tect the floors and have stood the test
and the need for protection and safety. of time. Every student in the school
draws a covered bridge and learns
about its significance to our history
The public library, constructed with
Left to right: Renaissance Dome,
painting by Justin Earl. Courthouse,
Rockville, Indiana photo.
of the stairs,
Doric columns, provides
example of first-century classicism. Students
make sketches of
the three orders:
We discuss the
qualities of Greek
how it suggests permanence or time-lessnes.
Our local theater,
the Ritz, with its
roofline, is an excellent example of the
Mission Revival style.
The façade is exactly