Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Columbus Hall - Orange, NJ
Construction of Columbus Hall, the parish school of Saint John's, was commenced in 1892 at the head of Ridge Street on top of a small hill just north of Main Street. It was named after Christopher Columbus (not surprising given its year of construction [which commemorated the 400th anniversary of his discovery]), who had a statue dedicated in his honor at the front entrance of the school. The school officially opened just over two years later on December 1st, 1894.
Today the building is still partially used as a school, but is no longer the bustling center of learning it once was.