Details for Wynn Seale Junior High School (Atlas Number 5355005915)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5355005915


Marker Number 5915
Atlas Number 5355005915
Marker Title Wynn Seale Junior High School
Index Entry Wynn Seale Junior High School
Address 1701 Ayers Street
City Corpus Christi
County Nueces
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 657288
UTM Northing 3072904
Subject Codes Colonial Revival; educational buildings; educational topics; Federal programs; design and construction
Marker Year 1986
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 1707 Ayers Street, Corpus Christi
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text This property was outside the city limits in 1934 when acquired by the Corpus Christi Independent School District for a new junior high. The school board voted to name the planned facility for Edmund Wynn Seale (c. 1887-1934) shortly after his death. Seale, president of Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville, had served several south Texas school systems and had been principal of Corpus Christi High School. Partial federal funding for the new school, the city's first to be built as a junior high, was secured from the Public Works Administration. Construction began in 1935 on a design by the firm of Hamon and Griffith, with Harry D. Payne consulting. Local architect Everett Elijah Hamon (1885-1956) designed some 50 area schools. Wynn Seale was his largest effort, costing $387,624 when opened in 1936 with capacity for some 1,500 students. The brick-clad building's spanish colonial revival styling is highlighted with corbelled brick, cast stone, and tile details. The interior reflects this baroque theme, with an 800-seat auditorium featuring gilded and painted plaster reliefs, wrought iron balustrades, bronze and etched glass light fixtures, and stenciled designs. Numerous additions and improvements to the building have maintained its importance to local education.