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Putterham School

Summary
Putterham School, built 1768, is a one room schoolhouse in Brookline, Massachusetts. Originally built at the juncture of Grove and Newton Streets, in 1966 the school was moved from its original site to its present location at Larz Anderson Park. Use The Colonial American structure served as a schoolhouse for many generations, but the original name of the school is uncertain. There is evidence that the schoolhouse also served as a house of worship twice in the 20th century: in 1938 as a Catholic church, and sometime after World War II as a synagogue. Florence Palmer Peabody (1890-1980), chair of the Putterham School Committee of the Brookline Historical Society and a student at the Putterham School in the late 1890s, wrote an article entitled "When I Went to School" that appeared in the 1960 Proceedings of the Brookline Historical Society. In that article she presents the following account of her research: "The building was one room, with a huge barrel stove in the back.
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