Twelve students in Auburn University's 2008-2009 class of Design-Build master's program, under the guidance D.K. Ruth, director of the program in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, helped restore a piece of Alabama history, the Shiloh-Rosenwald School.
Built in the 1920s, the three-room, wood frame building provided a place to educate African American children in Notasulga and the surrounding area for more than 40 years until federally mandated integration.
Assisting Ruth and the students was Anthony Tindill, visiting assistant professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science.
Ruth and the students took on the project and provided drawings, estimates and a historically significant features with providing an energy efficient building.
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In partnership with undergraduate architecture students from Tuskegee University, Auburn students restored and replaced the original six foor double hung windows, discovered and repaired major structural failures in the front wall of the school, created a technology room, new bathrooms and more.